Harry Wilson is amongst the list of young Liverpool prospects who could be departing the club, as many struggle to prove themselves in the top-flight.
The Liverpool Echo have highlighted sporting director Michael Edwards’ way of operating in the loan transfer market – sending players off for spells with other clubs before cashing in further down the line, effectively using loans as a shop window, rather than a training camp. This could be what Edwards and co. have planned for youngsters like Wilson, according to the Echo’s piece.
The Welshman is amongst several others to currently be out on loan, including Sheyi Ojo, Kamil Grabara and Taiwo Awoniyi to name just a few. All players with the seeds of talent planted, but they haven’t necessarily blossomed into something special.
The Echo have hinted that Rhian Brewster appears to be the only youth prospect that Jurgen Klopp sees in a red shirt, which potentially rules out a future at Anfield for Wilson, just 12 months after the Reds tried to make £25m for his services.
A move away from Merseyside for the 23-year-old could perhaps be beneficial for personally given he’s unlikely to dislodge any starter right now, but would be a mistake for Liverpool from a squad point of view. The Welsh international offers something that the Reds haven’t had much of since Philippe Coutinho’s departure.
Top teams have been monitoring Liverpool’s blistering attack and are finding ways to shut it down. As shown against Atletico Madrid away, a tight defence really can snuff out Klopp’s front three, a game in which they failed to have a shot on target. While Liverpool certainly have strong set-piece takers in terms of delivery from Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold, it could be argued the Reds need someone to take the risk from outside the box and more importantly, hit the target.
Wilson’s time with Derby showcased his skill perfectly – he scored 18 goals and assisted six others in 50 appearances (via Transfermarkt). Seven of his goals scored for the Rams were from outside the box, in a single season. Indeed, he’s also scored three this season for Bournemouth from range (via WhoScored).
With Adam Lallana and Xherdan Shaqiri rumoured to depart this summer (via Express), along with the inconsistency of Divock Origi, the European champions may benefit from a Plan B, an issue raised by pundits such as Tony Cascarino in the past. If the Reds want to continuously challenge to be the best, they need more complex attacking options and Wilson may just be the answer.
What do you think, Liverpool fans? Would Harry Wilson be a vital asset to the squad? Or is it time for him to move on?
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