Next season will be a fascinating one for Liverpool. The Reds will be defending Premier League champions but will likely be entering the campaign with near enough the same squad as the one which won the title. More will be asked of players currently at the club and returning loan stars will be battling for a place. We believe that Harvey Elliott should be above Harry Wilson in the pecking order next season.
Can Harry hack it?
Harry Wilson has spent the season on loan at Bournemouth. The Welshman has had a frustrating campaign for The Cherries with his loan club currently threatened by relegation.
The 23-year-old has had some bright moments during the campaign, Kopites won’t forget his stunning, if inconsequential free kick against Manchester City.
Wilson has bagged seven goals in 20 starts and 10 sub appearances for the South Coast side but has failed to consistently show the kind of form that could force him into Jürgen Klopp’s first team plans.
Harvey Elliott has made sporadic cameo appearances for the first team this season, including an impressive start against Everton in the FA Cup.
The 17-year-old is certain to have a bright future in the game. He has looked electric whenever he has played, although his few minutes have shown that he still has a long way to come these cameos have also shown his eagerness to get on the ball and use it quickly.
Elliott is surely part of Jürgen Klopp’s long term vision for the club, we can expect him to slowly make one of the wide positions his own in the next five years.
Elliott over Wilson
The Reds don’t have any real natural cover for the right wing. Harvey Elliott is still a youngster and Wilson has been on loan at Bournemouth, leaving Mo Salah only backed up by an out of position Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and the jack of all attacking trades Xherdan Shaqiri.
A winger being signed over the summer is unlikely, meaning that if Harry Wilson stays he is going to have to duke it out with Harvey Elliott to secure the position of Mo Salah’s understudy.
Given that the Welshman has failed to consistently impress under Eddie Howe and he has failed to breakthrough earlier on in his Liverpool career we feel that Harvey Elliott should be above Harry Wilson in the pecking order next campaign.
Elliott has a more certain long term future with the club, affording him more minutes next season could be vital to his development.