Welsh starlet Harry Wilson has been in and around the first team set up for a while now and having excelled last season in what was a second successive Championship campaign, the race for his signature is seemingly hotting up.
Wilson has spent the 2018/19 season on loan at Derby under the management of England and Chelsea legend Frank Lampard. In actual fact, he still remains with the squad as they prepare to face Aston Villa in the play-off final.
It’s fair to say the Liverpool man has been hit at Pride Park, with 22 goal contributions across all competitions this season. It’s not just the amount that has been impressive with the 22-year-old but also the quality and importance of his contributions.
Some of the memorable memories which Derby fans may cherish should he not return to the club will be his outstanding free kick at Old Trafford as the Rams knocked out Manchester United. Add to that a goal and an assist against Southampton at St Mary’s and you begin to see why he is hot property. Although, even with those contributions away at topflight opposition it may well be a game against Championship side Leeds that he is remember best for.
It was a day to savour as Lampard’s side shocked the play-off favourites in their own backyard, with Wilson notching both a goal and an assist. Travelling to Elland Road, Derby required a win via a two-goal margin to qualify for the final without the addition of extra time. After the home side doubled their aggregate lead early on it seemed very much unlikely Wilson would be off to Wembley. However, great grit and determination saw the mighty Leeds fall.
The young winger graduated through Liverpool’s academy and has been in around the first team set up for a while after proving himself to be a devasting finisher in the youth setup. Unfortunately, though with the quality the Reds demand at this moment in time game time has been hard to come by in competitive fixtures.
It has often led to him being shipped out on loan with spells at Crewe Alexander, Hull City and as mentioned Derby. It can be no surprise that he has taken the Championship by storm in his time at the play-off finalists. Just last season Wilson was influential at struggles Hull. In just 13 games with the Tigers he chipped in with an outstanding return of seven goals and three assists.
Now having proven himself in England’s second division on more than one occasion it looks almost certain that he will be rewarded with an opportunity to play topflight football.
There has been reports via SkySports that European clubs maybe circling around but the likelihood is he will remain in England. Several Premier League clubs are said to be interested including, Southampton, Brighton and Newcastle. It is yet to be discovered whether any of those clubs are prepared to match the £25m asking price Liverpool have set though.
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