Former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson says a season-long loan deal with Blackburn Rovers is the perfect move for Liverpool winger Harvey Elliott.
The 17-year-old was one of four players to join the Ewood Park club on the final day of the summer transfer window last Friday, with Leeds left-back Barry Douglas and Norwich midfielder Tom Trybull also joining on loan, while goalkeeper Aynsley Pears completed a permanent move from Middlesbrough.
Robinson of course knows Rovers well, having made 201 appearances in all competitions for the Lancashire club during a seven year spell at Ewood Park between 2008 and 2015, and it seems he no believes that his old club will be exactly the right place for Elliott to develop and improve this season.
Speaking to Football Insider about Elliott’s move to Rovers, Robinson said: “I really like what Blackburn did in the window. It looks like they are going to have a real good go this year.
They did well last year without actually getting into the play-offs and looking at what Tony Mowbray has done and the squad he is putting together they are definite play-off contenders this year.
“It is the perfect move for Harvey Elliott. Tony Mowbray is well liked among the players and staff at Blackburn. I think Ewood Park is going to be a fantastic place for Elliott to play football this year.”
As things stand, Rovers are currently 12th in the Championship standings with seven points from their five league games so far this season.
Mowbray’s men are next in action on Wednesday night when they travel to Vicarage Road to face Watford, a game in which Elliott could make his debut for the club.
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I do think Robinson is right to say that this is the perfect move for Elliott this season.
Obviously it will suit Elliott to be going to a club where he is likely to get the chance to play regular first-team football, but their are certain aspects at Blackburn that ought to suit him really well.
For starters, comparisons have been made between Liverpool’s style of play and the way that Mowbray is trying to get his Rovers side to play, so experience in that sort of system this season could certainly benefit Elliott ahead of his return to Anfield next summer.
It is also worth noting that Mowbray has a good track record with young players, so he could be a decent manager for Elliott to work with.
Add to that the fact that several members of this squad have also played in the Premier League in the past, which means the young winger could also receive some useful insight that could prove helpful to him further down the line in his career, and it does seem as though this is a move that could suit all concerned very well.