Liverpool have three young wingers playing Championship football in Harry Wilson, Sheyi Ojo and Harvey Elliott. But who’s having the best season?
Harry Wilson, Sheyi Ojo and Harvey Elliott all have goals and assists on the Championship this season. All are on loan from Liverpool, of course.
But which of the trio is having the best season? We take a look at each.
Wilson is the most experienced of the trio by far. He’s already got a full Championship season under his belt, after all, as well as spending a Premier League season with Bournemouth.
And he’s having a decent campaign.
Wilson has 1174 minutes over 13 starts and a sub appearance. That’s led to three goals and four assists from a player who has featured on both the right-flank and down the middle.
His best trait this season is undoubtedly his creativity. Wilson created 2.4 chances per game on average – the second best in the Championship (all stats per Whoscored). And he does it with remarkably little of the ball.
He only averages 20.2 total passes per game. For perspective, Emiliano Buendia, the only player with more created chances, averages 51.8 total passes.
That shows a fantastic ability to create without necessarily running a game. There are clubs up and down England who would love that in their side.
In truth, Wilson is very unfortunate to have just four assists. He’s proving to be far more creative than that suggests.
Ojo actually matches Wilson’s statline. He also has three goals and also has four assists. But the 23-year-old has played over 300 minutes more at 1483.
Ojo doesn’t have Wilson’s pedigree, of course. His loan spells over the previous two years have been terrible, rarely earning starts with Rangers or Reims.
And that translates to the background stats here. While Ojo matches Wilson’s stats, he’s nowhere near as productive in games.
He averages 1.2 shots per game to Wilson’s 2, while he creates far fewer chances. Ojo manages 0.6 per game, far below Wilson’s 2.4.
So while Ojo is producing goals and assists around Wilson’s rate, the stats suggest it won’t last. It’s particularly easy to compare the two, of course, as both are at Cardiff City.
Ojo is playing well enough to earn interest come the end of the season. But all things considered, he’s just not on Wilson’s level.
Let’s be honest – this is the exciting one. Both of the former two are 23 but Elliott is still just 17. That puts everything we’re about to say in a new light.
Take Wilson’s shining stat, for instance – key passes. As we said, he averages 2.4 per game which puts him second in the Championship.
Elliott is third. He is six years younger than the two players above him and eight years younger than Connor Roberts, the only other player to match his 2.2 per game.
It’s no small sample size, either – Elliott has played slightly more minutes than Wilson on one more start. Even better, the teenager’s stats translate to goals and assists.
He has four goals, four assists, meaning he’s the most productive of the three. Again, he’s six years younger than the two of them.
As for other numbers, Elliott also averages more dribbles per game than both other Liverpool loanees (1.3 per game) and around the same number of shots as Ojo (1.3).
So all in all, out of Wilson, Ojo and Elliott, the latter isn’t just the one with the most potential but he may be the best player right now. He has a dazzlingly bright future.