Blackburn Rovers have one of England’s biggest talents in recent years in their ranks.
It’s hard to believe that Harvey Elliott is still only 17 years of age, because let’s face it, the maturity of his performances are way beyond his tender years.
It was only last summer that Liverpool spotted the potential of the young London lad and moved quickly to bring him to Anfield.
After developing in Fulham’s academy the winger was handed his senior debut at just 15 years of age as he featured in the EFL Cup back in 2018.
That clash with Millwall made him the Cottagers’ youngest ever player with Elliott famously playing the match after school, before getting back to his studies again the following morning.
During that season the 16-year-old played three times for Fulham including making his Premier League debut in May 2019.
It was shortly after that when speculation started mounting about his future with the likes of Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain sniffing around his signature as he geared up to pen his first professional deal.
However it was Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp who convinced him to move.
I’ll be honest, when the move was completed I fully expected the 16-year-old to join the long queue of young talent that was developing at Melwood, but it didn’t take long to show that Elliott was always a special case.
The winger was in and around the first team squad from day one at Anfield and went on to make nine first team appearances for the Premier League and then-European champions – an impressive feat for someone who hadn’t even signed professional terms yet.
While many young players would be loving the idea of featuring every now and then for one of the biggest clubs in world football, Elliott has proven that he’s not that lad.
Instead, he’s keen to get out and play as much football as he possibly can.
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As it turns out it seems that this was the perfect move for his development.In a somewhat surprising move, Elliott completed a loan switch to Championship side Blackburn Rovers before the summer transfer window shut.
Tony Mowbray is a manager who loves playing free-flowing, attacking football while also empowering young players to take on the responsibility of performing week in, week out.
Since moving to Ewood Park, Elliott has played every minute of every league game that he’s featured in.
Out of six appearances so far the winger has scored one goal and created three assists as Rovers sit in 12th position in the table.
It’s also worth noting that going into the international break Blackburn are the highest scorers in the league with 21 so far; Elliott has been a big part of that.
As well as his productivity we’re starting to see a real maturity in Elliott’s game which can only stand him in good stead for the season and seasons ahead.
If the 17-year-old can continue to thrive over the course of this season then I truly believe that he’ll have the world on his feet.
To have played a full season in the Championship at the age of 18 will be a remarkable achievement and who knows, we might see him being a first team regular in the Premier League as soon as next term.
One thing we do know is that Blackburn have a proper talent on their hands and the club need to enjoy having him in their ranks as this lad is going places.