Harry Wilson put in an under-the-radar performance against Arsenal at Anfield on Thursday. The Welshman matched the entire Gunners team.
Plenty of eyes were on him, then. Would he impress enough to stay? To earn a decent move away? He’s an interesting player – one who has been around for a long time but never really had a chance.
As it turned out, his performance flew a little under the radar. We gave him a 6.5 in our player ratings but in truth, he played a bigger role than we thought.
A little look into the stats shows how.
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A key pass is considered any pass that directly leads to a shot. Liverpool had a total of 13 against Arsenal (per Whoscored) and Wilson accounted for a massive five of those.
For perspective, no one else on either side managed more than two. In fact, the entire Arsenal side – including substitutes – managed five as a total. So Wilson matched them all on his own.
And to offer more perspective, we can look at the 3-1 win over Arsenal at the weekend. Liverpool managed 15 key passes in that one but no one individual had more than three – Trent Alexander-Arnold, on this occasion.
Five is a huge number of key passes in one game, then. In fact, it’s a shame Wilson didn’t end up with an assist, given how many chances he created.
It’s worth noting what we said about Wilson back in February. By then, he’d scored plenty of Premier League goals for Bournemouth but hadn’t registered a single assist. That’s a glaring hole in his game, then, and one that surely costs him a chance at a Liverpool career.
But five key passes does suggest he has the potential to become more creative. It’s only one game, of course, but he’s clearly a player who can develop a creative touch.
Not that it would be enough to warrant a Liverpool career. In truth, as good as Wilson was with key passes, they were all he offered. He didn’t take a single shot, attempt any dribbles, or win any tackles.
So this was more a display for potential suitors. Here is a player who has the raw talent to make things happen on a football pitch. That won’t be at Liverpool but Wilson can certainly be a smart buy for another Premier League side.