Nottingham Forest boss Chris Hughton must come up with a plan to thwart a man called ‘exceptional’ by Jurgen Klopp tomorrow.
Blackburn Rovers arrive at the City Ground this weekend an in Harvey Elliott they have one of the country’s hottest prospects.
The teenager joined Rovers on loan during the summer transfer window. It’s fair to say it was a signing which caught the eye – and he’s not disappointed.
Elliott has registered nine assists this season in the league, topping the charts along with Reading midfielder Michael Olise.
The 17-year-old has also scored four goals during 2020/21, proving instrumental in Tony Mowbray’s team.
Liverpool boss Klopp has been extremely pleased with Elliott’s performances to date.
Following a Carabao Cup clash with Arsenal in 2019, the Liverpool boss singled out the winger for special praise.
It was Elliott’s Anfield debut and came during a 5-5 draw against the Gunners. Afterwards, Klopp was delighted.
He told the Liverpool Echo: “It’s easy to be convinced about him when you see him in training. He is an exceptional talent and is a nice kid as well.”
During his time at Blackburn, the result of a tribunal to determine what Liverpool must pay for Elliott has been revealed.
The Premier League champions have had to fork out £4.3 million for the youngster – a record fee for a 16-year-old, highlighting his undeniable talent.
How do Forest combat Elliott?
Well Blackburn aren’t a one-man team and Adam Armstrong and Ben Brereton will need to be monitored too.
It’s fair to say that by stopping Elliott, stops a lot of Blackburn’s creativity and that will be in Hughton’s thoughts.
Yuri Ribeiro came into the fold on Wednesday at Swansea and didn’t cover himself in glory with their late winner.
On his day, however, he has proved a capable performer and his speed would certainly be of use against the fleet-footed Liverpool-owned star.
Gaetan Bong is the other option to thwart the Rovers right-winger.
He came into the fray following Ribeiro’s sending off against Middlesbrough and did a decent job.
The experienced player is someone trusted by Hughton having worked together at Brighton.
Whoever does get the nod at left-back will be in for a tough afternoon trying to limit the threat of Elliott.
The challenge for Hughton is to ensure he selects the right player.