Football News: Newcastle United seals long-term deal with Scottish ace Elliot Anderson
Captain to Scotland's U-21 team Elliot Anderson has re-signed the contract with Newcastle United on a long-term deal
The 19 years old can choose between representing Scotland and England on an international stage because of his place of birth in England's North East.
He has played for the Scots since he was 16 years old and finally made it to the U-21 squad last summer.
With high expectations for Anderson, who has made three substitute appearances under Eddie Howe this season, there may soon be a push to get him a senior national team cap.
The youngster, who can play either attacking midfield or wing, had a year left on his contract before Newcastle announced a new long-term deal for him.
Anderson stated, "I'm really happy. I love playing for Newcastle United, and committing my future to the club is something I've really wanted to do."
"It was my aim coming back into pre-season to work hard and earn the opportunity to stick around. I have really enjoyed being with the first team group, so hopefully, I can keep improving and contribute to the team."
The 19-year-old, born in Whitley Bay, has worked his way up through the club's youth system and is currently playing for Eddie Howe's first team.
As a result of his stellar performance while on loan at Bristol Rovers last year, Howe and his coaching staff invited him back for the upcoming season.
After Anderson, an offensive midfielder for Bristol Rovers scored the game-winning goal against Colchester in March, his coach, Joey Barton, compared him to the great late striker Diego Maradona.
Since Howe insisted that Anderson stay at Newcastle this summer, the club turned down more than a half dozen loan offers for him.
Newcastle head coach Howe was delighted after the deal and said, "We are all delighted with Elliot's development. He is a natural talent but has an excellent work ethic and always wants to learn."
"I know our supporters will be especially pleased to see another local boy coming through from the Academy into the first team. Elliot has earned that chance, and he has set a great example to our young players."
Elliot Anderson is in the same agency as Gareth Bale and Jack Grealish
Before signing a new long-term contract with Newcastle United, Elliot Anderson made a significant transfer by switching agencies.
The 19-year-old has moved from Quantum Sports to ICM Stellar, joining the likes of Gareth Bale, Jack Grealish (England and Manchester City star), Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid starlet), and James Ward-Prowse (Southampton ace). Stellar has also signed with them Jonjo Shelvey.
The official announcement of Anderson's contract signing, which had been delayed until yesterday, eventually went through.
Interest from the football world has been growing around the Whitley Bay youth, and this transaction is said to have safeguarded Newcastle United moving forward.
Anderson has played for England's minor teams, and now Scotland is lobbying to get him to a significant event.
Even more Championship clubs were dissatisfied by Eddie Howe's choice to keep Anderson on the first team roster than by any other single player's agent's valuation.