Liverpool surprised many yesterday by allowing young talent Harvey Elliott to head out on loan to Championship side Blackburn Rovers.
It previously looked unlikely that Liverpool would be sending the wonderkid out on loan this season but the Ewood Park outfit have obviously put together a deal that Liverpool find promising enough to send the 17-year-old on his way.
Elliott is clearly a top talent and both Blackburn and Liverpool fans will be excited about this deal. One man who has played for both clubs, Jason McAteer has previously compared the teenage star to Spain, and Barcelona legends Xavi and Andres Iniesta, so can this move to Blackburn help Elliott achieve such heights.
“Obviously we have got Harvey Elliott – who is going to be an absolute superstar,” McAteer told the Off The Ball podcast earlier this year. “He’s 17…what an attitude, what a player. He’s playing wide at the minute but I can see him slotting into that midfield central area. Maybe as a Xavi or an Iniesta type player.
“Elliott can play with both feet. He’s got that ability to see things, to open things up, to play that little killer pass.”
Tony Mowbray’s side have certainly had a decent start to the new Championship season and currently sit seventh in the league. Inspired by the always increasingly impressive Adam Armstrong Blackburn are currently looking like potential outsiders for a promotion push this season.
Blackburn have also slowly moved away from a more direct style of play with more emphasis on retaining possession which makes sense, given the extremely talented young players currently coming through the ranks at Ewood Park. Elliott could therefore find himself playing some decent football this season surrounded by like-minded players many of whom are in a similar age bracket.
This could be the perfect loan spell for the youngster, giving him a chance to play regularly in a decent group and battling for promotion to the Premier League.
Will it be Xavi or Iniesta like? Probably not yet. But this could end up being a vital step in Elliott’s progression to eventual full-time Liverpool first-team star.