Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray has suggested that he could see Harvey Elliott making it into Liverpool’s side in the Premier League when he returns to the club in the summer.
Elliott has spent the campaign on loan at Ewood Park and he has been one of the most exciting talents in the Championship. That has seen him help to give Rovers a real cutting edge in the final third at times.
The 18-year-old has shown remarkable confidence and belief in his abilities and has looked a player that has a very bright future in the game.
He managed to end his time at Blackburn in style in their final day 5-2 win against Birmingham City firing in a well-taken finish to register his seventh league goal of the campaign.
As well as those goals, Elliott has also been able to provide 11 assists and averaged 1.7 key passes per game. Those kinds of stats have made him one of the best performing attacking players in the division.
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Speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph, Mowbray insisted that he believes that Elliott could return to Liverpool in the summer and break into their side in the Premier League next term such is the natural ability that he possesses.
He said: “There are definitely holes in the team that need filling.
“We have out of contract players and loan players, you saw Harvey Elliott score a wonder goal today, he won’t be here next year. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s playing for Liverpool in the Premier League next season.”
You can not disagree with anything that Mowbray has said here and it would not at all be a surprise to see Elliott return to Liverpool and start to play a key role for them next term. He has an awful lot of ability and there is something potentially special about him if he can be managed in the right way and given the platform to perform on a regular basis.
To be contributing 18 goals in a team that has finished in the bottom half of the Championship table is an excellent achievement for an experienced player, so to have that level of impact at the age of 18 is very impressive. Blackburn might look back in a few years and wonder how they failed to challenge for promotion when they had such a talent on their books.
Liverpool have to at least give him pre-season and see how he performs there you feel because there is undoubtedly a classy player in there if they can get the best out of him in the next few years. He is going to take some replacing at Ewood Park and you sense that Mowbray is well aware that he will have to work hard to do that.