Harry Wilson has made the decision to leave Liverpool in the summer, according to reports. It is an unfortunate decision for the club but an understandable one.
The Mirror claims that Wilson wants ‘regular first-team football’ after his season with Derby County. The Welshman was top scorer for the Rams with 18 goals as they reached the play-off final.
Unfortunately for Wilson and co., they lost to Aston Villa. A spell with Derby in the Premier League may have been on the cards if they’d won, but that’s out the window now.
Instead, Wilson wants to move on, believing his opportunities will be limited at Anfield. He’s probably right, too.
Wilson’s two roles – centre midfield and on the wing – and not only well stocked but full of quality. He’d undoubtedly be a squad player.
So why not a loan to a Premier League club? Well, they’re hard to find these days. The money in the league means clubs are less likely to hand first-team roles to players they’re losing in a year.
A transfer to a Premier League club, with Liverpool reportedly hoping to fetch £25m, makes the most sense for Wilson.
But while his decision is entirely understandable, it is unfortunate. He’s still only 22 but has proven he can produce goals in England. The promise is there for all to see.
There’s little doubt that Jurgen Klopp could turn him into a good player, even if it took a couple of years. He’d fill a good squad role at Liverpool, too, with his ability to cover several positions.
But Wilson has made his decision and he wants first-team Premier League football now. All that’s left to do is wish him the best of luck.