Pre-conceptions about new Blackburn Rovers signing Harvey Elliott having a poor attitude have been dismissed by a former teammate of his.
Elliott, who joined Tony Mowbray’s side on loan from Liverpool last week, has been in trouble in the past for his actions, but BBC Radio Lancashire’s Andy Bayes says that negative claims about his mentality are completely wide of the mark.
Andy told The Gazette at UCLan Live: “A former teammate of his at Liverpool messaged me and said ‘he’s such a good kid and his talent is probably the best I’ve ever seen’.
“A lot of people have felt that he may be giving this sort of air of being a big time Charlie and he says it couldn’t be further from the truth.
“He’s a great kid, his dad follows him everywhere and looks after him to make sure he’s kept on the straight and narrow.”
Elliott, just 17 years of age, will spend the season at Ewood Park and he’ll be hoping to get his first real run of games in competitive football having only played the odd match so far in his career.
Andy said: “He’s not 18 until next April so we’re talking about someone who’s already broken records.
“He was 15 when he made his debut for Fulham, he was the youngest ever player to play for Liverpool, the youngest ever player to play in the Premier League so he’s got a lot going for him.
“The frightening statistic is that he was born in 2003 which is eight years after Blackburn Rovers won the league so it does make you realise how long ago it is and also perhaps that people shouldn’t expect too much too soon from him because he’s very inexperienced in terms of senior football, but it’ll be really interesting for how he gets on.”
Elliott was one of eight additions this summer, with the likes of Daniel Ayala and Tyrhys Dolan also arriving, and that’s meant that their squad depth is looking better than it was last season.
“For me they will have a good or fair to good chance of getting in the top six if they can steer clear of long-term injuries,” added Andy.
“I think they’ve got the best chance they’ve had in a number of years, but I also think that there’s probably at least 18 teams out of the 24 who think exactly the same, who think ‘we’ve got a chance this year’.”
Rovers threatened to push for the play-offs last season but fell short as they finished 11th, though they will be hoping to have another go at it this year to give them a chance of returning to the Premier League for the first time since 2012.
Andy said: “They came back from lockdown last year, won their first game back and were a point outside the Play-Offs and then only won one more game after that and that was the big disappointment.
“Can they do better than that this year? I think the squad would suggest they can, but again this is the Championship.
“It is so brilliant a division that you cannot predict anything that’s going to happen from one week to the next and I think that’s why so many people love it.”
Blackburn’s next fixture is on Saturday afternoon as they travel to Coventry City, with Elliott in contention to keep his place in the starting XI following his debut against Watford on Wednesday evening.