Loan Watch: Life at Blackburn for Harvey Elliott

Stephen Killen
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Harvey Elliott has shone during his time at Blackburn Rovers.

The 17-year-old Liverpool forward has constantly been in the headlines, for all the right reasons, since arriving at Ewood Park.

His form in Lancashire is a contrast to fellow Liverpool youngster Ben Woodburn whose loan with Blackpool ended on Monday.

Dubbed one of the Reds hottest prospects, he arrived at Anfield in 2019.

Three months after his 17th birthday, the life-long Liverpool fan sign a professional contract.

LFCTR spoke to Daniel Ainsworth from Rovers Chat about Harvey Elliott’s time away from Anfield.

Season So Far

Tony Mowbray’s side currently sit just inside the top half of the Championship.

With just one win in five or five points from a possible 15, Rovers are in desperate need for a good run of form.

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Daniel thinks their pre-season expectation’s haven’t matched their performances across the season.

As a result, there is an element of uncertainty amongst the fans with their manager.

“It’s been a mixed season for Rovers.

We’re not doing as well as I would have hoped, and the fact that we’ve still not beaten a side above us is a worrying factor for every Rovers supporter.”

Growing Pressure

The 57-year-old has been in charge at Ewood Park since February 2017, he is three games shy of reaching 200 games as head coach of the Blue and White’s.

“Questions are being asked of the manager by a growing part of the fan base.

“We need to go on another unbeaten run in the coming weeks to quieten a few of the questions.”

Taking over from Owen Coyle, he couldn’t salvage their league position and the club fell into League One.

However, the following season Mowbray lead Blackburn to automatic promotion, narrowly missing out on top spot.

Since then, they have managed 15 and 11th place league positions.

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Despite playing well, the results didn’t follow for Rovers, Daniel believes the upcoming run of fixtures will be a turning point in Mowbray’s reign.

“At times, we’ve shown we can play well against any side in this division, and even when we weren’t winning we have looked like we could match the sides up at the top of the table.”

“However, both results and performances have slipped away in the last month or two and it feels like we are at a big stage of Mowbray’s time at the club.”

Elliott Preconceptions

The teen sensation made his competitive debut for Fulham in the EFL Cup at just 15 years and 173 days.

Aged 16 years and 274 days, his FA Cup debut came during the Merseyside derby, last season.

He didn’t steal the headlines as Curtis Jones’ took centre stage with a superb curling effort.

Daniel believes despite some eyebrows being raised over how Elliott would fare in the league, there was definitely some excitement over his switch.

“The excitement was there, but people had seen some of the things that had circulated on social media about him before.”

“Understandably, questions were asked if he could deal with the physicality of this league,

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“But that happens whenever a young Premier League star comes on loan to the Championship,” He continued.


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Daniel commented: That happens and it’ll improve as the months and years go on.”

The Rovers Chat editor exclaimed that his struggle to pinpoint a weakness highlights how positive his loan spell has been.

Making an Impact

“He’s got the ability to make something happen out of nothing.”

In 19 Championship appearances, Elliott has scored on four occasions and turned provider on a further seven goals.

In recent weeks, he has picked up three assists in four games.

Daniel insisted that Eliott’s impact is “nothing short of massive”, a big statement for a 17-year-old attacker on his maiden loan spell from the Premier League champions.

Also, in some instances Elliott is said to spark his side into life during “lacklustre” performances.

Standout Performance

I’d love to see him back for another season, but I expect he’ll be involved with the first-team in the next season or two and a Premier League loan is probably next in his development plan.

Daniel Ainsworth from Rovers Chat on Harvey Elliott
Rovers Chat’s VerdictWhat They Say
Coventry City (A) 0-4 Our front three of Elliott, Armstrong and Brereton had an absolute field day, with Harvey scoring his first for the club and grabbing an assist as well.

He had the Coventry defence under his control, his assist was a brilliant ball and all round he stood out.
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Upcoming Harvey Herorics?

Harvey Elliott is a versatile winger and often switches between each flanks.

But how much of an impact has he had?

On the horizon are two difficult matches against play-off challenging Middlesborough and Luton Town.

There could be mixed fortunes for the 17-year-old, coming up against Neil Warnock’s well-rounded side before hosting the Hatters.

Dan expects slim pickings for the Reds youngster ahead of their trip to the Riverside.

“We had a goalless draw the last time the two sides met.

He adds: “Our forwards struggled to make any impact so it could be a quiet afternoon for him.

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Despite league positions predicting a tight affair, the Rovers Chat editor believes home advantage could see flourish.

The Luton match is where I’d expect him to have more of an impact.

“It’s not that they are an easy side to play, but the fact we’re at home and I expect us to have plenty of the ball means it’s likely Elliott will see enough of it to make an impact.”

Mid-Season Contender for Player of the Year?

Harvey Elliott’s form across the season could surely edge his way into the running for Player of the Season.

Not to mention his recent run of games.

“This season, I’d only put him behind Adam Armstrong in terms of impact. ” He explained.

Yet to make an appearance off the bench in the second division of English football, he is a regular fixture for Mowbray’s men.

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He added: “If certain players hadn’t have spent large chunks of the season on the sidelines he may be a little further down the ranking but his influence has been a much welcomed one.”

The outlook for the remainder of the Championship season looks bright for one the Liverpool’s hottest talents.

Fans can possibly catch a glimpse of Elliott on Sunday 24th January in Blackburn’s trip to Middlesborough which is live on Sky Sports.

For more of Blackburn Rovers reflection on Elliott, follow Rovers Chat on Twitter.

Read more by Stephen Killen.

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