Blackburn journalist Jaquob Crooke has suggested that Liverpool forward Harvey Elliott is ready for a crack at the Premier League next season.
Elliott has been on loan to Blackburn in the Championship from Liverpool this season, with Crooke claiming that he has carried Tony Mowbray’s side at times during the campaign.
Speaking to Planet Football, Lancs Live journalist Jaquob Crooke offered his thoughts on Elliott’s progress at Blackburn this season. “It wouldn’t be unfair to suggest that Blackburn would be occupying a lower league position without his presence.
“His form across the first-half of December was exceptional – he literally carried Blackburn in fixtures against Norwich and Rotherham – and while fatigue inevitably hindered his form at the start of February, he revitalised a flagging attack in a 2-3 defeat to Watford.
“He’s been a key orchestrator and one of the main creative talents within Blackburn’s ranks.
“You only have to glance at the statistics he’s posted across the campaign to understand the impact he’s possessed and he’s more than ready for a crack at the Premier League.”
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
As he says, Elliott’s statistics this season for Blackburn are exceptional. The 17-year-old has produced five goals and nine assists in 24 starts for Blackburn in the Championship, with Norwich’s Emiliano Buendia the only player in the division with more assists than the winger. He is also one of only three teenagers in the top-100 performing Championship players by WhoScored ratings this season, with Joao Pedro (Watford) and Michael Olise (Reading) the only two ahead of him.
At the age of 17, Elliott has so much time ahead of him to keep developing and progressing as a player. His performances for Blackburn in the Championship despite his young age suggest that he is already prepared to take the next step in his career. Whilst he may not be able to immediately come back and compete for a first-team spot at Liverpool, Elliott could benefit from being loaned out to a newly-promoted or bottom-half Premier League team to play regular football in the top-flight for a season.
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