Harvey Elliott delivered for Blackburn Rovers once again on Saturday and is now 2nd in the Championship assists charts. We can all get very excited.
Harvey Elliott now has seven assists this season – an incredible number. Only the highly-sought-after Michael Olise has more with eight.
It’s simply remarkable stuff from a 17-year-old who continues to look like one of England’s biggest prospects.
Altogether, Elliott has 11 goal contributions, adding four goals to those assists. But what really stands out is his consistency.
Elliot hasn’t gone back-to-back games without a goal or assist since November. His numbers aren’t a result of a couple of standout games here and there – he’s producing something nearly every game.
The teenager is playing like a senior pro, too. Take his game on Saturday, for instance.
Blackburn Rovers drew 1-1 with Stoke City – a result they won’t have liked. But from Elliott’s point of view, the game was very promising.
He was heavily involved. His 68 touches were more than every other midfielder or forward on either side. Blackburn are content playing through the youngster, it seems.
That’s huge for him. Holding that much weight at just 17 is virtually unheard of. Let alone him then delivering the goals and assists to back it up.
We can’t say for sure what Elliott should do next season. Jumping straight into the Liverpool setup may be too big a leap and it’s not one that either side has to take.
It certainly seems that Elliott can perform beyond the Championship, though. Certainly by next year, anyway.
Thus the best move may be to loan him out again to a Premier League side, assuming there is one willing to give him a significant role.
That may be the toughest part, here. Clubs don’t want to develop your youngsters for you without any long-term gain for themselves.
But then, maybe it doesn’t have to be England? Elliott could always move abroad for a year to learn more in a top European league.
The fact we can realistically suggest these things is just crazy, though. He’s not even 18! We’re all incredibly excited over Elliott.
He looks like a potential superstar already and the way things are going, he’ll hit that level in just a few more years.