If Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp has midfield injury problems, he would have beckon on Harry Wilson, who has the capability to settle inconveniently.
The Liverpool academy product has proven tike without number to be an important player for the future. Klopp might have done the best for him by allowing him to go out on loan to gather more experience as he might be stifled by the plethora of midfield talent the club has. And it doesn’t seem Klopp was ready to change that as they looked to have gel for a while.
For now it seems, Wilson cant dislodge any of Jordan Henderson, Thiago Alcantara, Naby Keita, Fabhino, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Gerogio Wijnaduldum.
With that in mind, after a successful stint with Bournemouth , although they relegated, Liverpool decided to loan him out to a Championship club, Cardiff.
Does Wilson’s long-term future lie at Liverpool?
Wilson, who had to watch from the stands as his parent club host Bournemouth last season wa ineligible to face the Reds – a sizeable blow to Bournemouth in their fight against relegation.
He was Cherries’ joint-top scorer last season. This was in a difficult campaign for the South Coast club, which eventually relegated. The Welsh international’s performances have been an all-too-rare bright spot.
This has shown that Wilson can cut the mustard in the top flight. So, his development and physical attributes have been encouraging progress.
Meanwhile, he has continued from where he stooped with Bournemouth at Cardiff City, scoring two goals in five Championship games. With over 500 minutes of action under his belt this season, Wilson, who has scored three goals in 17 caps for Wales is a talent Klopp need to look at next season.
He is not a visitor in the lower division having had loan spells with Crewe as an 18-year-old. His next two were with Hull and Derby in the Championship. He is now back in the Championship with Cardiff after a stint with Bournemouth last season. These experience has made him develop a reputation for impressive numbers and spectacular goals.
During his time at Hull, he scored seven goals in 14 games before hitting 18 goals in 49 outings for a Derby side that fell agonizingly short of promotion to the Premier League.
“Harry’s shooting is world-class.Find me five players who shoot better than him. But the game is about more and that is what he has to improve and that is clear.
“To be involved as an offensive player you have to connect with other players. He has that – it is not like he doesn’t – but to get to the next level, he needs game time at the highest level. That is why we loaned him to Bournemouth,” said Klopp back in December.
Harry Wilson has developed into a future star
Wilson, a left-footer who plays off the right flank, has played with an established Premier League team, took responsibility, and to have the confidence to play his game despite the pressures which come with being in the wrong half of the table, playing for precious points.
This was obvious with a spectacular free-kick against Manchester City in August, classy strikes against rivals Southampton and Brighton, two goals off the bench away at Tottenham.
He has been able to achieve this despite a knee injury suffered on international duty with Wales back in November.
When he returned to Anfield, it was expected that he would be able to get a spot in the team. However, so far his competitive Reds career has been limited to just 25 minutes as a substitute in an FA Cup replay at Plymouth three years ago. He’s done well in pre-season friendlies since but never managed to earn himself that first-team chance.
It is therefore surprising not to have a Wilson at international level with Wales , which will participating in the next Euros. He is expected to be part of the Wales squad which and he is a firm favourite of manager Ryan Giggs – who knows a thing or two about left-footed wide men.
It is expected that others will come for him if Klopp doesn’t him as part of his plans. Leicester City boss, Brendan Rodgers at Leicester. Others appeared interested in him to include Burnley and Newcastle.
Liverpool valued him at around £20 million ($26m) last summer, and his price will have only increased since. He still has three years left on his contract, signed in 2018.
Having impressed in the preseason, he may reach the height of Mohammed Salah for his goal rate as a wide player if given the chance at Anfield.
Let’s wait an see what happens in the winter window. Liverpool surely knows that he is an asset they won’t want to lose.