Doncaster Rovers: Pardew told me to join Rovers - Anderson

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Keshi Anderson opted to join Doncaster Rovers on the recommendation of Alan Pardew.

The young striker arrived on a month’s loan from Crystal Palace yesterday to bolster Rovers’ attacking options.

Pardew plucked Anderson from non-league side Barton Rovers earlier this year after he scored a hat trick against the Eagles in a trial.

And the Palace boss made it clear to the 20-year-old that he saw Doncaster as the best place for the next stage of his development.

“The gaffer pulled me into his office and said there’s been a few teams interested and he personally thought I should come here,” said Anderson.

“I’m always going to listen to what the gaffer says so it’s a good move for me with it being League One.

“The other teams that came in for me were League Two so he said this would be the best move for me.”

Doncaster have failed to score in any of their four away games this season and have scored just four times in eight league games.

Anderson will compete with Andy Williams, who has been passed fit, Curtis Main and Dany N’Guessan for a starting spot at Sheffield United tomorrow.

Fellow forward Nathan Tyson, however, has suffered a new injury setback after almost recovering from a hamstring problem.

Caretaker boss Rob Jones said: “Keshi’s quick, powerful, strong and wants to do well. He’s got the bit between his teeth. He wants to prove what he’s worth.

“He’ll hopefully add that little bit extra that we’ve been lacking.

“There’s no pressure on the boy. He’s got the freedom to go and play and express himself.

“Hopefully, added to what we’ve already got, he takes us forward.”