Just how much will Harvey Elliott, Liverpool’s reported new signing, feature next season?
The Telegraph exclusively claim that Elliot is joining the Reds this summer. The 16-year-old became the youngest ever Premier League player in May and, understandably, looks to have a bright future.
Liverpool have supposedly beaten both Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain to his signature, too. That, on its own, makes you wonder what promises have been made.
Does he see an easier path to the first-team? Almost certainly, really. Neither Real or PSG tend to put too much faith in youth. But you’ve got to remember that Elliott is giving up a fast-tracked first-team place at Fulham, as the Telegraph puts it.
He’d be playing at least semi-regular first-team football in the Championship at 16, and that’s not an easy thing to give up.
But how close is he to the Anfield pitch? Well, as an attacking midfielder, preferably from the right, he may get chances soon.
Liverpool don’t have phenomenal depth in attack – especially after Daniel Sturridge’s exit. Neither Divock Origi or Rhian Brewster will expect to be on the right, either. The likes of Adam Lallana and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain can play there, but it won’t be their preferred role.
Xherdan Shaqiri’s game-time shrunk considerably last season, suggesting Jurgen Klopp isn’t 100% sure on him. Potentially standing in Elliott’s way are Ryan Kent and Harry Wilson, however, if they stay. The Reds are also looking to sign cover in attack – per the Mirror – which presumably, isn’t Elliott.
And so there isn’t too much blocking the path of Elliott path next season but it’s difficult to tell for sure right now. He could certainly have it worse – virtually every other area is full.
We saw the likes of Curtis Jones and Ki-Jana Hoever play in the cup last season. Elliott could make a similar appearance, too, given he’s already featured professionally and there isn’t a fleet of players in his way.
But that’s probably the best Elliott can hope for next season. That isn’t to say he can’t get more – opportunities may well open up in his position – but it’s still ‘wait and see’ and he’s best off focusing on one or two games.
Perform when he gets the chances, though, and we may well see more of him.