Exclusive: Whelan in awe of 17-yr-old - 'He'll play a lot of games for Liverpool'
Liverpool attacker Harvey Elliott is “bringing the Championship to light” while on loan at Blackburn Rovers, according to Noel Whelan.
The former Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, hailed the impact of the 17-year-old at Ewood Park after he enjoyed a “dream start” in blue and white.
Elliott contributed a goal and an assist in a 4-0 thrashing of Coventry on Saturday on what was only his second appearance for Tony Mowbray’s side.
The highly-rated attacking midfielder joined Blackburn on a season-long loan deal earlier this month, Jurgen Klopp keen for the teenager to taste regular first team football.
Whelan believes that Ewood Park is the ideal place for Elliott to develop this season.
“When you have got a player is of that age, there is nothing better than getting him first team action in a very competitive league like the Championship,” he told Football Insider.
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“Blackburn is the perfect place for him, not far from Liverpool and with a good manager at the helm in Tony Mowbray.
“The style of play will suit Elliott and Liverpool. Blackburn are a a good footballing side.
“It is not far for Liverpool to keep tabs and go and watch him. That is what it is all about when you are trying to bring these young players through. Let’s not forget that he is still very, very young.
“He is bringing the Championship to light. What a dream start. A goal and an assist.
“He has nothing to prove to Liverpool because they know how good he is. They are just nurturing his progression.
“There is no doubt about it, he will have a lot more games to play for Liverpool if he carries on this way.”
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