Harvey Elliott found himself on the Blackburn Rovers bench once again on Friday. The teenager still found a way to make an impact, however.
At 17, not everything is going to be smooth sailing in senior football. And that’s why Harvey Elliott has been on the bench for three games running.
In fact, Elliott has been out of the starting XI at Blackburn ever since his costly error against Reading. The teenager gave the ball away on the edge of his own box, leading to the lone goal in a 1-0 defeat.
That’s not a great look, as it suggests the club have lost a little faith in Elliott. Manager Tony Mowbray insists that isn’t the case, however.
“He’s done extraordinarily well for us,” said Mowbray, per the Liverpool Echo.
“You have to put into context that he’s 17-years-old, I know he’s come from Liverpool, one of the powerhouses of European football, but he’s assisted and scored and been very creative for our team and been a huge positive and made a huge impact at our football club.
“I took him out of the side because he’s played a lot of games on the bounce and at 17 you can’t expect him to keep going, every game 90 minutes, he needs to be given a rest.”
Those comments actually came before Blackburn’s 1-0 defeat to Brentford on Friday but Elliott didn’t start that game, either. Mowbray says that’s down to long-term fitness concerns, which is fair enough.
But Elliott did still offer a reminder that perhaps he needs to go back in the starting XI.
The teenager completed 26 passes after coming on at half-time – the sixth-most in the game. Two of those created chances for his side, which jointly-led Blackburn.
Elliott even got two shots at goal away, which was second for his side. All in all, he was a threat.
And as Blackburn struggle for form, they’ll surely call on him again soon.