Newcastle United youngster Elliot Anderson is a ‘man in demand’, while a summit will be held to decide Rodrigo Vilca’s next move.
That’s according to Chronicle Live journalist Mark Douglas, writing in his Newcastle notebook for the publication.
Vilca moved to St James’ Park in October 2020 for an undisclosed fee, signing a four-year deal and joining up with the under-23s (via nufc.co.uk).
The attacking midfielder made nine Premier League 2 appearances over the course of the season, with the highlight a 3-2 win over Stoke City in December in which he scored his first goal and provided an assist.
Meanwhile, Anderson netted eight times in 18 outings at youth level last season and also featured twice for the senior side.
Newcastle travelled to the Emirates Stadium to face Arsenal twice in January, first for an FA Cup clash and then for a Premier League meeting, and the 18-year-old earned run-outs on both occasions.
Douglas wrote that ‘recruitment meetings are planned for the next week or so’, where the future of players in need of game-time will be on the agenda.
Vilca is a priority, and he’s said to be attracting interest from the Eredivisie and Belgium as well as clubs closer to home in the Championship and League One. Meanwhile, Anderson is wanted by second tier outfit Luton Town, who were also keen at the turn of the year. [Chronicle Live]
The door to the first team appears frustratingly shut for the moment, so a loan move would be wise for Anderson as it would allow him the valuable experience of consistent senior football.
Regarding Vilca, his first season at the club was a little underwhelming, so this could be a key loan spell for his ambitions.
You’d expect Newcastle’s preference to be a domestic move to a Football League club, where there would likely be guarantees of regular game-time and where he could be monitored more closely.
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