Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray has heaped praise on wonderkid Harvey Elliott following another strong showing for the Lancashire club against Derby County on Friday night.
Premier League champions Liverpool chose Ewood Park to be the destination this season for the talented winger, and he’s blossomed in his first full campaign in senior football.
He may not have started every single game, with Mowbray keen to make sure the 18-year-old doesn’t get burnt out, but Elliott’s impact has been evident.
Six goals and 11 assists this season for Elliott is a very good record, and his assists can only be bettered in the Championship by Emi Buendia – and he’s got a host of big clubs after his signature.
Despite his slight frame, Elliott hasn’t been fazed by strong Championship full-backs and it’s the opposition that have been dazzled by his footwork and his end product.
The last few games of the season will probably be the last time Rovers fans get to see Elliott in the blue and white shirt as he’s destined for Premier League football in 2021/22, and Mowbray’s latest comments will delight Liverpool fans who will want to know how he’s been doing.
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“Harvey is a wonderful talent. I don’t want to keep eulogising about him, because the statistics and his quality on the ball stand out for all to see,” Mowbray said, per the Lancashire Telegraph.
“If anything, we can’t get the ball to him enough, but when we do, in and around the box, he can produce quality like he showed.
“I did tell him before the game that he has to keep his goal tally ticking along, although he seemingly gets an assist every game, but we’re delighted for him because he needs to keep it ticking along for his own confidence and belief, not that he’s short on that, because he’s a wonderful talent.”
This may be Elliott’s one and only season in the Championship as if there’s a top flight club who can guarantee him minutes next season, then he will probably head there to continue his development.
But Elliott has passed the test with flying colours at Blackburn, showing a lot of maturity for such a young player and he’s grabbed the opportunity with both hands.
He could be Liverpool’s best young prospect in a number of years and Blackburn fans could have witnessed a future Champions League winner play for their club this season.