Newcastle United want Harry Wilson on loan, according to reports. This deal would be a best-case come true for Liverpool if they can make it happen.
This comes from the Northern Echo. They claim that Newcastle will target the loan market this summer and Harry Wilson is one of the primary aims.
The Magpies supposedly wanted the player last year, too, but couldn’t get the deal done. Instead, Wilson headed south for Bournemouth, where he had a mixed go of things.
Ups and downs
On the face of it, Wilson did very well. He finished as Bournemouth’s second-top goalscorer with seven – a solid mount for a relegated side in a player’s first Premier Leauge season.
But while that looks encouraging, the are some worries. For one, Wilson’s goals all came at the start of the season. He had six by the end of November, added one more in January, and then didn’t score for 12 games. He also didn’t assist a single goal all season – something we think is a big problem.
Even more worrying is that Bournemouth appeared to give up on the player. While battling relegation, Eddie Howe didn’t use Wilson for more than 45 minutes in any game after the restart. That doesn’t suggest he had much faith in the Welshman.
What to do with Wilson?
The Liverpool Echo claimed back in February that the Reds wanted over £20m for Wilson this summer. They hoped his good form up to that point would command a lot of money and that there would be plenty of suitors.
Safe to say things have changed since. Not only did Wilson’s form drop off, meaning he may not command that fee regardless, but the entire world economy collapsed. Few teams will take £20m punts on a player like Wilson right now.
Instead, another loan move makes the most sense. It gives Liverpool another year to judge their price and, potentially, a better summer in which to sell Wilson.
On top of that, he may improve as a player. The hope is that Wilson can benefit from playing with a team that isn’t fighting relegation, which undoubtedly hindered him over the 19/20 campaign.
If Newcastle can stay strong enough to have another solid season, they’re the best-case scenario here. A big club that offers Premier League minutes for the next year. That’s what Liverpool need for Wilson right now and hopefully, they can get it.