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However, the attacking midfielder has first team ambitions at St. James’ Park this season, and has already impressed Eddie Howe in the run-up to the start of the campaign.
When asked by Chronicle Live how it would feel to start Newcastle’s Premier League opener against Nottingham Forest, Anderson said: “That would mean everything to be honest.
“I am a local lad and I have supported the club since I was a little kid. So, for me and my family that would mean the world.”
There were suggestions earlier in the window that Manchester United were considering a move for Anderson, but these have gone quiet in recent weeks, and it would be tough to persuade the 19-year-old to leave his boyhood club.
Anderson has first team aspirations at Newcastle this season
The Scotland under-21 international made two substitute appearances for Newcastle last season under Steve Bruce, before going out on loan to League Two side Bristol Rovers.
He was a standout star during his six months at the Memorial Stadium, scoring eight goals and providing five assists in 21 appearances.
Anderson was vital to Bristol Rovers promotion to League One, including a goal and two assists during their emphatic 7-0 win on the final day of the season that confirmed their promotion
When asked if he can remain in the first team past pre-season, Anderson said: “I want to force my way into the team, but, I guess, that’s the club’s decision.
“I’ve just got to work as hard as I can on the pitch, and see what happens. I’ll explore loan options when it comes, but you want to be playing as high as you can, push yourself.”
Newcastle have yet to sign any attacking players, but Anderson may be forced to leave on loan if Howe’s side are successful in their attempts to sign Leicester City’s James Maddison, who plays in the same position as the 19-year-old.
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