Blackburn Rovers boss Tony Mowbray has revealed details of a discussion that he has had with staff at Liverpool regarding Harvey Elliott’s development during an interview with the Lancashire Telegraph.
Elliott only arrived at Ewood Park on loan this summer but has already made a lasting impression on Mowbray, who has swiftly installed the youngster into the Rovers starting eleven in recent weeks.
The 17-year-old has seemingly grasped his opportunities to impress with both hands, notching up an impressive one goal and three assists in his opening six appearances for the Championship club.
However there is as always still room for improvement, with Mowbray opening up on the conversations he has had with both the player and his parent club: “I’ve been talking to him and I think he needs to be a bit more selfish in the box.
“Having spoken to the staff at Liverpool, they feel as if he sees himself as an assist-maker rather than a goalscorer. And ultimately, any top, top player, you have to look at their statistics as the season unfolds. How many assists, how many goals do you get?
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“If he is going to play up front for us, at the moment, he’s playing in the front three, if in 20 games, he’s only had three assists and one goal, it’s probably not going to be enough for Liverpool to look at him and think he can come in our team and do this.”
The talented winger currently has three years remaining on his current contract with Liverpool and has made nine senior appearances for the Reds since arriving from Fulham back in 2019.
If Elliott can add goals to his game as Mowbray has mentioned, I think Rovers could have one of the best young players in the division on their hands here.
Playing on the right of a front three will only help the player’s development and provides the perfect preparation for when he returns to the first team fold at Anfield – with both clubs conveniently operating with the same system that includes a trio of attackers up top.
I for one cannot wait to see how things continue for the player at Ewood Park and I think the best is yet to come from a player whop has all the attributes to meet the high expectations that have been placed upon his young shoulders.