Elliot Anderson led Bristol Rovers to promotion, an incredible finish to an incredible spell with the Newcastle United loan star returning home seventh and a decisive goal so late in the game last weekend.
The 19-year-old Newcastle United player who joined the League Two club on a temporary basis in January 2022.
Bristol Rovers had collected just 36 points in their first 25 games (10 wins, 6 draws and 9 losses), averaging 1.44 points per game.
With Elliot Anderson involved in their last 21 league games of the season, Bristol Rovers collected an additional 44 points (13 wins, 5 draws and 3 losses) at an average of 2.10 points per game.
On Friday morning, Elliot Anderson was announced as League Two’s Player of the Month for April as his goals and assists, along with his excellent all-round play, were the difference for Bristol Rovers to win this third automatic promotion. up on the last day of the season.
Bristol Rovers Official announcement – May 13, 2022:
Bristol Rovers midfielder Elliot Anderson has been named Sky Bet League Two Player of the Month for April.
Using his quick feet and focused mind, the teenager on loan at Newcastle contributed three goals that were either equalizers or winners to Rovers’ promotion push. He also added a pair of assists in the thrilling comeback win at Rochdale.
Anderson said: “I am delighted to receive the Sky Bet League Two award. I enjoy my football and Bristol Rovers are a great club to play for.
Sky Sports’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “It almost has to be pointed out that the criteria for this award is judged solely on Anderson’s performances in April, before the frankly ridiculous performance he gave the dramatic final day, adding two assists and a goal to the three goals and two assists he recorded in April.
“He returns to Newcastle United with a reputation as one of the most exciting young players in the country, and naturally there is huge interest from across the football pyramid.”
Sky Bet EFL trader Ivor Davies said: “Elliot Anderson has continued to have a big impact on Bristol Rovers’ season since joining the club on loan at the end of January and was their best player in April with three goals and two assists.
“The Gas were 5/2 second favorites for promotion before a ball was kicked but, after an indifferent first half of the season, they languished in 17th place and traded up 20/1 for promotion at the mid-December.
“Since signing Anderson on loan, Rovers have collected 44 points in 21 games and overcame the 13/8 odds to be promoted on the final day, thanks again to a superb performance and a late 7th goal from ‘Anderson.’
The Sky Bet Player of the Month judging panel consisted of Sky Sports EFL expert Don Goodman; EFL Communications Director Mark Rowan and Sky Bet EFL Trader Ivor Davies.