Harry Wilson continued his fine run of form on Wednesday. Liverpool must be licking their lips at this one.
Another assist for Harry Wilson on Wednesday as he maintained a great run of form. That’s five assists and a goal in his last seven games.
It’s the consistency that’s really impressive, though. All of Wilson’s contributions have come in different games. That’s not common – most players contribute in bunches, rather than virtually every game.
But you can see why Wilson is having this impact.
Mick McCarthy initially left the Welshman out of his team when he took over, not using him at all in his first game. Wilson came off the bench in his second, though, and got an assist.
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Since then, the 23-year-old has started every game and contributed in all but one. McCarthy, then, appears to be the key, here.
He’s got Cardiff City playing a style that’s hard to beat while having little of the ball. The anti-Liverpool, really. The Bluebirds had just 33 per cent of the ball against Bournemouth on Wednesday but won 2-1.
As for Wilson, the style is turning him into a player Liverpool will like.
Wilson played for one hour against Bournemouth and had the ball just 25 times. Cardiff weren’t looking to keep the ball, then.
In that time, Wilson attempted just 14 passes, completing eight. Impressively, though, he created three chances.
That’s a fantastic ratio, especially as Bournemouth didn’t dispossess him once. Wilson was something of a creative force, creating just under 25 per cent of the game’s overall chances.
And we did it without having the ball very often.
Defensively, too, Wilson was good. He won a tackle and a couple of interceptions.
Now, stylistically, this is completely at odds with Liverpool. But we don’t see a Reds future for Wilson anyway.
Instead, he’s putting in performances that should excite teams at the lower end of the Premier League. Teams who maybe don’t see too much of the ball and want players who can do exactly what Wilson is doing now.
These are the teams Liverpool will hope to sell to this summer. The Reds reportedly wanted £15m, per the Athletic, back in September.
Burnley offered £12.5m, though, and Liverpool said no. You can imagine Burnley offering more on the back of this season.
Wilson is putting in the displays that certain teams thrive on. And that should prove lucrative for Liverpool.