Steven Gerrard was renowned for possessing the rare ability to produce something out of nothing when he was at Liverpool and the cinematic highlights of his career are littered with extraordinary moments of individual genius.
When Liverpool’s chips were down Gerrard was usually there to produce the goods. His perfectly placed header in the 2005 Champions League final will standout as one of the most iconic goals of his career, but his famous strikes against Olympiacos and West Ham United remain two of the most memorable due to their earth-shattering velocity.
The ability to strike the ball from long-distance with both precision and power is one which is near-impossible to teach and incredibly difficult to replicate from the training ground into a match situation.
But it’s a talent which Liverpool loanee, Harry Wilson, seems to have a firm grasp of. Completing a season-long loan with Derby County this season, Wilson emulated the spirit of Gerrard back in September, with a sumptuous free-kick to give the Rams the lead at Old Trafford on their way to a penalty shootout victory.
It was a delicious strike worthy of winning any football match, but it merely represented the beginning of a collection of long-range strikes from Wilson, which also included a stunning free-kick for Wales against the Republic of Ireland in October. His most recent brace against Swansea City saw him net both his goals from outside the area, with the opener standing out as a particularly Gerrard-esque strike.
With his sensational form in front of goal to consider, it is absolutely no surprise that The Guardian journalist, Ben Fisher, labelled him as one Championship player who has ‘particularly excelled’ this season.
Wilson was named alongside the likes of Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Harvey Barnes, but not one of the aforementioned players have showcased a long-range shooting ability quite like the Liverpool loanee.
Wilson has shown enough quality during his time at Derby County to suggest that he has Gerrard’s match-winning mentality routed in his playing style, with his long-range strikes bearing close resemblance to those which Gerrard scored throughout his career.
Whether Wilson can successfully make the transition to Premier League football remains to be seen, but the omens are good based on his electric opening to the campaign.
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