By Sam Stone

26th Jul, 2022 | 7:30pm

West Brom: Newcastle make decision on Baggies target Elliot Anderson

West Brom have been dealt a transfer blow with Newcastle United set to keep Baggies transfer target Elliot Anderson at St James’ Park this summer.

The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards revealed on Tuesday 26 July that the Magpies are keen to keep Anderson in and around the first team environment.

This will come as a blow to West Brom, with the Baggies one of a number of clubs keen on the 19-year-old according to The Athletic (July 6).

The Telegraph report that he is privately being thought of as the best player to emerge from their academy in over a decade, so missing out on him is a real shame.

Anderson managed eight goals and five assists during his first loan spell away from the Magpies at Bristol Rovers in the 2021/22 season.

The 19-year-old would’ve been a superb addition to Steve Bruce’s squad, with the Baggies certainly needing slightly more youth to call upon in the upcoming season.

The Magpies’ decision to keep Anderson at the club does seem rather perplexing after his excellent temporary move to the EFL last season.

It would’ve surely made sense for Anderson to go out and experience another loan spell before really being considered for first-team contention at St James’ Park.

Bruce still has plenty of work to do heading into the new campaign, with a striker looking like his most important position to target.

The West Brom boss should look to identify another younger player, like Anderson, to add some youth to his squad.

The summer arrivals of John Swift, Jed Wallace and Okay Yokuslu all bring experience to Bruce’s squad but are certainly not going to provide the Baggies with any sell-on value when their time at the club ends.

In other West Brom news, Steve Bruce is confident of securing a striker on loan before the window shuts