Harry Wilson missed out on his big chance for a Liverpool future with his loan move to Bournemouth last summer. The Welshman’s fate is now unclear.
The view at the time
Well, we thought Wilson to Bournemouth was a perfect loan move. It gave the player a chance to perform at a fairly established Premier League club and seemed like a great opportunity to kick on from his time in the Championship.
And things started well, too. Wilson kept scoring and by November, it appeared that he had a real future with Liverpool. By early December, Jurgen Klopp said he would like to have had the player at Liverpool.
It’s no surprise, really. Wilson had scored six Premier League goals by then, including some very impressive freekicks. He absolutely looked like a useful player and one Liverpool could use.
This was a 22-year-old midfielder who could score goals. There’s a clear Liverpool future there.
But by the time February showed itself, things didn’t look so good. Wilson’s goals dried up and the fact that he hadn’t registered a single assist looked bad.
Not that it was entirely his fault. When we called it the perfect loan move, we figured Bournemouth would have another relatively mid-table season. They were supposed to be a safe bet.
In reality, the Cherries were far worse than predicted this season. You can easily sum that up by the fact they were relegated but the stats are damning.
Bournemouth only scored 40 goals in their 38 Premier League games. Wilson finished as their second-top scorer despite scoring once in 2020. In truth, it was the wrong move for him – and it may have cost him a Liverpool future.
As Klopp said back in December, Xherdan Shaqiri suffered with injuries this season. Those injuries wouldn’t really let up and he only made seven Premier League appearances – and just two of those were starts.
Liverpool could have used a player to cover their right-flank then and Wilson would have been perfect. It’s his natural position, he knows the club well and he can produce moments of quality. There’s no doubt that he’d have had a place on the bench at the very least and, importantly, there were several starts available.
The Reds played a lot of games this year, after all.
Given he bagged seven goals for Bournemouth this season, you can bet he’d have gotten a few for Liverpool. Potentially even more, as the Reds create far more chances than the Cherries.
Liverpool thought Shaqiri would be the backup player on the right, though. If they’d had hindsight, Wilson would have been that player and had the chance to show what he can do in a side that isn’t massively underperforming.
Instead, Wilson may well leave the club permanently this summer. His chance is gone and with Harvey Elliott emerging, there’s another young player in line for a chance.