Why does Fulham want £ 10million?
Fulham is said to be after historic charges for Elliott as they feel they should be rewarded for their role in promoting his development.
They are entitled to compensation following Elliott’s transfer because the attacking midfielder left the club at the end of his contract when he was under 24. Elliott was first registered as a Fulham player at the age of 11 in July 2014, and his formative years were spent in their academy.
It is not an ordinary talent. Elliott became Fulham’s youngest player when he made his first-team debut at the age of 15 in a Carabao Cup match against Millwall in September 2018.
Later that season he also became the youngest player in Premier League history – at the age of 16 years and 30 days.
After joining Liverpool, he also became their youngest player to start a game when he played against MK Dons in the Carabao Cup.
Fulham was desperately disappointed to lose Elliott to Liverpool as then coach Slavisa Jokanovic and later Scott Parker both saw him as a key part of their plans.
But it is understood that they also believe that they will lose considerably in financial terms.
Elliott was seen as a star in the making, but even if he doesn’t reach such heights, Fulham is still in the line to suffer a major loss. As a relevant scorer, Rhian Brewster left Liverpool for £ 20million this summer without making a league appearance.
Added to this is the growing importance of local talent in light of Brexit, which inhibits the buying and selling of players under the age of 18 from the European Union.
Why is this a historic case?
This should be a historic case for the sale of young players as it is believed the result could deter smaller clubs from investing in their academy facilities.
The last major case involving the Professional Football Compensation Committee involved Ethan Ampadu, where the guaranteed award of £ 850,000 to Exeter was widely criticized. The highest fees awarded by the PFCC remain the transfer of Danny Ings from Burnley to Liverpool, where the Reds were ordered to pay £ 6.5million.
Fulham has invested heavily in setting up his academy and first achieved Category 1 status in 2012.
In Elliott’s case, it is understood the player had similar potential to Ryan Sessegnon, who left for Tottenham for £ 24million, with Josh Onomah the other way around, in 2019.
The concern is that a low fee would undermine efforts to develop young players.
What has he done since joining Liverpool?
After signing from Fulham, Elliott joined Liverpool’s first team for the Premier League and Champions League, quickly becoming the youngest player to start a game for the club.
He is also the second youngest player to appear in a competitive game for Liverpool, as well as the youngest player to start a game at Anfield.
He made his Premier League debut for the club in January 2020, coming off the bench to replace Mohamed Salah in a 2-0 win over Sheffield United.
Since being loaned to Blackburn this season, Elliott has scored four goals and provided eight assists in 22 appearances. Blackburn is now eighth on the second level.
Is there anything else i should know?
Yes, for more on Elliott’s progress at Blackburn Rovers, go further below.
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