What’s Next For Harry Wilson?
As the transfer window rolls on and rumours intensify, one question on all Liverpool fans’ lips is where will Harry Wilson be at the end of the Summer transfer window.
Wilson had a very successful season last year under the management of now Chelsea manager Frank Lampard at Derby County. Wilson helped Derby reach the Play-Off Final scoring 16 goals and assisting 4 goals along the way.
The Welshman showed his excellent goal scoring ability from outside the box for Derby and became one of their primary set-piece takers. Many fans will be reminded of this with his excellent free-kick which helped Derby walk past Manchester United in the League Cup.
After his successful loan spell, Wilson has since returned to Liverpool and within the media, there are lots of potential avenues being touted that the 22-year-old could go down before the end of the summer.
Permanent Transfer to Another Premier League Club
Due to his successful loan spells at Hull City and Derby County, lots of media reports have linked Wilson to a permanent transfer away from Liverpool to another Premier League club.
Bournemouth, Newcastle, Brighton and Southampton have all been linked with a potential move for the right winger with a fee of £25 million being rumoured.
This could be the best solution for Wilson because this gives him the opportunity to showcase his skills at the top level of English football where assurances can be made that he will be guaranteed a starting 11 position which can’t be provided at Liverpool, where he has Salah and Shaqiri ahead of him in the pecking order.
Whilst this may not be the best option in the mind of Liverpool fans, there could be some scope for Edwards to place a buy-back clause in any deal that is ironed out so that if Wilson proves his critics wrong and proves that he can play at the top level in an LFC shirt, the Reds can act quickly and bring him back to the club.
Another Loan Move
As Wilson has now had two seasons of first team football in the Championship and has shown his quality at that level, a loan move to see how he fairs in the Premier League may be the best option for all parties involved in the deal.
Firstly, this option could benefit Wilson because it enables him to prove himself at the top level that he has the necessary ability to play for Liverpool or another top Premier League club which means he could then force his way into the team in the 2020/21 season.
This option could also benefit Liverpool as well because if Wilson is able to prove he has the necessary ability to play at the top level of the Premier League; the club can then evaluate Wilson’s situation and decide whether to keep him at the club or sell him for a higher fee than the £25 million that is being touted at present.
A Move to The Bundesliga
In recent transfer windows, it has been more and more common with young British players moving abroad for first-team minutes, with the most popular destination being the Bundesliga.
Jadon Sancho, Reiss Nelson, Reece Oxford and Emile Smith-Rowe are just a few of the young British players to make the move to the Bundesliga whether this be on loan or on a permanent basis. Sancho has particularly led the way with players going to Germany and showcasing himself at the top level after struggling for minutes at Manchester City.
There were claims in recent months that RB Leipzig and Hoffenheim have both registered interest in the Welsh international. A move to Leipzig could be a great choice for Wilson, as Nagelsmann is a manager that has gained stock around Europe for his job at Hoffenheim developing and giving chances to younger players.
Due to the success of Sancho in Germany, if reports are true, Wilson may favour a move to the Bundesliga as he wants to showcase his abilities at the top level of European football in German’s top flight and the Champions League as Germany has proven to be a great place for young talent to make a name for themselves.
Stay at Liverpool and Fight For His Place
After all the speculation, Wilson may feel that he doesn’t want to leave the club and feels that he may be useful to the team as Liverpool look set to be trying to win silverware in 7 different competitions for the new season.
As lots of people have expressed doubts over whether Wilson has the necessary ability to make an impact at Liverpool, he may feel that he has a point to prove and in a bid to silence his critics, he may choose to stay at the club and try to force his way into the first team.
The former Derby man is likely to have his chance to impress in pre-season and has already made a good impression in The Reds’ first pre-season game against Tranmere where he grabbed an assist and looked lively. If Klopp is impressed with him in pre-season, he may play a part next season as Klopp is rumoured to be looking at a versatile attacker and Wilson could be that solution.
It’s unlikely that Wilson will stay at the club because being realistic; he is likely to struggle for minutes and at the age of 22 he will want to be starting games at a high level to prove he has what it takes.
The Most Likely Solution
A loan move to a Premier League club or a permanent transfer to another EPL team with a buy-back clause in the deal is probably going to be the most likely option taken by both Liverpool and Wilson. This way both the club and the player are in control of the 22-year-old’s future as Wilson is still able to come back to Liverpool either way if he goes and has a really good season in the Premier League.