The BBC are claiming the worst possible outcome for Harry Wilson and Xherdan Shaqiri will happen on transfer deadline day.
The BBC’s transfer deadline day liveblog addressed the future of Harry Wilson and Xherdan Shaqiri. At 17:16, they report that it looks likely that both players will remain at the club after the deadline.
Multiple outlets report that Liverpool want to move both players on today. The Liverpool Echo, for one, says the Reds want £20m for the pair. They’re ‘relaxed’ about keeping Wilson if Shaqiri goes, however.
We doubt they’re relaxed at the prospect of keeping both. But the BBC believes they’ll have to hold onto them unless something significant changes.
This is the worst-case scenario for the duo. One staying isn’t ideal as they likely won’t play much. Both, however, is awful for both players.
They play the same position, after all. They’re right-wingers, who look to cut inside. In fact, each can boast being a set-piece specialist – Wilson and Shaqiri are remarkably similar players.
And so in a team with already limited opportunities, they can’t play together. Each will be hoping that they get all the minutes then, while the other gets nothing – that’s the best case.
Splitting the minutes helps no one. Wilson wasn’t around last season and Shaqiri still only started two Premier League games. He featured in just seven. Split that between two players and you’re halting the development of both.
It’s particularly bad news for 23-year-old Wilson, though. He needs that development far more than 28-year-old Shaqiri but the Swiss is currently a better player. Jurgen Klopp may opt for the senior pro, then, even when Wilson needs the games.
Fingers crossed, then, that things change. Because otherwise, Wilson and Shaqiri may be about to waste three months of their careers.