Harry Wilson: Does he have place in the Liverpool squad?

Harry Wilson of AFC Bournemouth (Photo by Peter Powell/Pool via Getty Images)
Harry Wilson of AFC Bournemouth (Photo by Peter Powell/Pool via Getty Images) /

After Harry Wilson’s season-long loan at Bournemouth should the Welshman be given the chance to prove his worth in the 2020/2021 season?

With the transfer window now open, Liverpool needs to consider whether Wilson would benefit the squad and add depth or move him on with the likes of Lallana, Lovren, and Clyne. There are also plenty of loanees returning to Anfield and with the emergence of Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliot, opportunities are going to be scarce to come by.

The Welshman did fairly well considering how bad Bournemouth did in the 2019/2020 season, gaining some much needed Premier League experience. Wilson made 31 appearances for the Cherries, 11 of those coming off from the bench while accumulating a total 1646 minutes of match time.

In the process, he has scored 7 goals this season and registered 0 assists.  At 23 years of age, he should be breaking into Liverpool’s first-team, however, his favoured position is occupied by the mighty Egyptian, Salah. When Mané or Salah is not playing Klopp has opted for Chamberlain in the wider areas which further limits his playing time.

If Wilson stays, what can he bring to the team?

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As mentioned above opportunities are going to be far and few between unless The Reds gaffer decides to play him in FA Cup or League Cup matches. Although Jones and Elliot look to be the future of Liverpool, Wilson has one thing on them, experience.

Between his appearances at Hull City, Derby County and Bournemouth he has played a total of 84 matches providing 29 goals and 6 assists while also making 17 appearances for Wales senior national team. Not bad for a 23-year-old.

The Welsh international is also excellent at set-pieces and has a ferocious left-footed strike. The only problem is that he doesn’t register many assists and tends not to track back that often, something Klopp requires of his players. Eddie Howe, however, utilised Wilson in a more central midfield role showing that he can adapt to positional changes.

The Verdict

Although Bournemouth got relegated, there has been a raid on the players as Premier League teams are looking to pounce on some bargain buys. Going by this, it shows that the Cherries did have a decent team but have just been poor this season past.

With players like Nathan Aké making a move to Man City and Callum Wilson being eyed by Spurs, Newcastle, and others, they will be getting a chance to prove themselves again in England’s top flight.

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Wilson, in turn, deserves a chance where the Reds has nothing to lose but everything to gain by having the young Welshman in the squad. He would bring the experience needed in cup games since Klopp usually plays a younger and less experienced team and with Rhian Brewster also coming back from an impressive loan spell at Swansea, the Anfield youngsters will be a force to be reckoned with in the 2020/2021 campaign.