Burton Albion close in on highly rated 19-year-old

Burton Albion are closing in on agreeing a deal with 19-year-old defender Jevani Anderson, who has been enjoying a trial with the club.

The Press and Journal reports that the highly rated youngster has been on trial at the Pirelli Stadium and Nigel Clough is hoping to secure him on a one-year deal.

The youngster currently plays for Formartine United in the Highland Football League, but he’s been described as a new breed of defender who would easily slot into League One football.

Their manager Paul Lawson confirmed the trial and said although no formal approach has been made, he wouldn’t stand in the player’s way if the situation developed.

“Jevan has been down on trial twice at Burton Albion,” he said. “They are interested in him but we haven’t received a formal offer from them. Until that happens he is a Formartine United player but if an offer did come in for Jevan I certainly wouldn’t stand in his way.

The former Aberdeen youngster is the son of former Aberdeen captain Russell Anderson, who won eleven Scotland caps between 2002 and 2008 and who is now the assistant manager at Formartine.

Dave Edwards, the Press and Journal’s Highland League writer, told the Derby Telegraph all about Anderson’s qualities.

“Jevan is not your old-fashioned style of centre half, not for him a boot up the park,” said Edwards.

“Like many defenders in the game today he is more subtle, preferring to pick a pass to a team-mate, if it is on, and play his side out of danger. He is in many ways, a similar type to his father, Russell Anderson, who won 11 Scotland caps and played 402 games in senior football, 340 of them for his home town club, Aberdeen.”

Our View

Clough likes to pick a player or two up from Scotland and Brown does scream ‘potential’ loudly. The Highland League isn’t renowned as a hot bed of talent, but every so often a player emerges who might be worth pursuing.

That player is Anderson and if he develops into a similar talent to his father, he’ll settle well at Burton Albion and be a huge success.


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