Harvey Elliott

Harvey Elliott
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Harvey Scott Elliott

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Current Club: Liverpool

Previous Clubs: Fulham

Loan Clubs: Blackburn Rovers

International: N/A

Trophies Won: English Premier League 2019/20. FIFA Club World Cup 2020. UEFA Supercup 2019/20.

Still only 18, though it feels like Elliott has been around a long time, due to him bursting through with Fulham as a 16 year old. He had offers from clubs all over Europe, including Real Madrid, but chose to join his boyhood club Liverpool.

There he has always looked to have incredible potential but had to go on loan to the Championship for regular football. Elliott's season with Blackburn was impressive as he showed that he is a willing worker as well as a very talented player.

Elliott is quick and strong, though he lacks the lightning pace that many players who play wide right tend to have. He does have the lovely left foot of a player like Arjen Robben, but without that burst of outright pace his future may be in a more central role, behind a forward.

There his key skills of excellent vision, good creativity, good movement off the ball (including knowing when to stand still to gain space), and his range of passing could possibly be better utilised. Though Elliott does have the ability to drift past players with the ball at his feet and then pick out a teammate, so he is not out of place out wide.

Over the course of the last season, it was clear to see his reading of the game improved massively and Elliott's workrate was good, he was always willing to track back when needed. It was also good to see he was happy to press the opposition and harry them all over the pitch if the moment was right.

Another impressive thing was Elliott's willingness to receive the ball even when under pressure and his first touch was good enough to keep the ball away from the player applying pressure on him. There are still things he needs to learn, particularly with regards to passing, when Elliott can try to be too clever and give the ball away needlessly.

His movement also, while impressive over most of the pitch, did lack in runs into the box, Elliott does not attack it enough when the ball is on the other side of the pitch, in the games I watched. He prefers to be on the edge of the box waiting for any loose clearance, rather than getting in to the near or back post areas to look for a tap-in.

His aerial prowess was something I was unable to judge as I never saw him attempt a header in the games I watched. Whether that was because Elliott avoids the aerial battle or whether it is simply because Blackburn try and keep the ball on the floor under Tony Mowbray is impossible to say.

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