Harvey Elliott became the youngest player in Premier League history at 16 years and 30 days old when he came on for Fulham in their 1-0 defeat at Wolves on Saturday.
Midfielder Elliott, born on April 4, 2003, came on for Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa two minutes from time to set the record, previously held by another Fulham player. Matthew Briggs was 16 years, 65 days when he featured in Fulham’s 3-1 defeat at Middlesbrough in May 2007.
Fulham caretaker boss Scott Parker named Elliott on the bench for the club’s wins over Everton and Bournemouth and previously said he would have no hesitation in playing him in the Premier League.
“If I feel the time is right or I need Harvey, what he can bring to the match, I have no qualms about putting him straight in,” Parker said before Fulham’s 1-0 win over Cardiff on April 27, the club’s third victory in a row.
“But it won’t be putting Harvey in because of a sentimental thing it will be putting him in because he deserves to go in and we need him to go in because he can show his quality and give us something we have not got at that moment in time.”
Elliott came on as a substitute in Fulham’s 3-1 Carabao Cup win over Millwall back in September, becoming the club’s youngest ever player at 15.
Manchester United youngster Angel Gomes was the first player born this century to play in the Premier League when he came on against Crystal Palace on May 21, 2017. The attacking midfielder was born on August 31, 2000.
Top three youngest Premier League players ever
1. Harvey Elliott, 16 years and 30 days, Wolves 1-0 Fulham — May 4, 2019.
2. Matthew Briggs, 16 years and 65 days, Middlesbrough 3-1 Fulham — May 13, 2007.
3. Isaiah Brown, 16 years and 117 days, West Brom 2-3 Wigan — May 4, 2013.
Fulham’s 1-0 defeat at Molineux on Saturday was academic, with the club already relegated from the Premier League.