Should Liverpool cash in on Harry Wilson?

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Now that Harry Wilson has extended his loan spell with Bournemouth, the question has to be asked whether the Reds should cash in on the 23-year-old come the end of the season? Now, whilst the news wasn’t the least bit surprising, it has once again brought Wilson’s future at Anfield into the spotlight.

The winger’s immediate goal will be to do everything he can to help the Cherries avoid relegation from the Premier League now that he has agreed to stay on the south coast until the end of the season. Interestingly, the odds suggest Eddie Howe’s men have what it takes to retain their top-flight status despite currently being in the relegation zone, given that they are at 8/11 to go down; as opposed to Villa who are in the same position but at dead-and-buried odds of 4/11.

With quality performers like Harry Wilson, Lewis Cook, and Josh King, you can see why the bookies fancy Bournemouth to ride the crest of the wave when the Premier League restarts. Either way, it’s sure to be touch and go at the Vitality during the run-in.

When the curtain does eventually fall on the season though, Wilson will make his way back to the North West but for how long will he stay there? You would imagine that the 2020/2021 season has to be the one where Wilson finally gets the nod from Klopp or looks elsewhere in a bid to put down some roots. Liverpool may well support the idea of another loan but then that would be four in as many seasons for Wilson who might well be reluctant to hit the road again.

You can’t fault the player though for applying himself wherever he has gone and ultimately making a success of all of his loan spells. In particular, Wilson’s loan spell at Frank Lampard’s Derby County proved to be a huge triumph after he contributed 18 goals from midfield; truly an astounding effort. The Rams may have lost in the play-off final but Wilson left with his head held high, as he will do when he leaves Bournemouth at the end of the season.

It will come as no surprise then to hear that the line of suitors for Wilson will be long if Liverpool decide to cash in on the winger’s success up and down the country over the past few years as they pursue a move for another highly rated winger, Jadon Sancho. Some Liverpool fans may feel that Wilson deserves his chance but if you were to imagine either Sancho or Wilson getting the ball in their own box and starting a counter-attack, who would they prefer had the ball at their feet?

Sancho’s electric pace has seen him do this week in and week out for Dortmund which has subsequently made the football world sit up and take notice. Of course, the odds on the Bundesliga all but confirm that Bayern will win the league at a staggering 1/200, but this will be a season remembered for Dortmund’s dazzling attacking style that pushed the Bavarians all the way.

That said and it’s worth mentioning, there is still a chance for the BVB with the latest German Bundesliga predictions and betting tips suggesting that Sancho’s Dortmund will take the fight to Bayern until the last day. We’ll have to watch that unfold but Dortmund don’t want to squander this opportunity as their star man Sancho looks set to leave afterwards with Anfield one of the likely destinations.

This will come at the expense of Harry Wilson should it happen but there is a feeling that all parties know this will be the case. The-23-year-old is short of that yard of pace that would have seen him become a regular under Klopp and despite having a left wand of a foot that makes him a lethal dead-ball specialist, that isn’t necessarily an attribute that Klopp’s teams survive on. The Welshman is a bit of a square peg in a round hole and in the wrong place at the wrong time.

You could picture Wilson enjoying a long career at Liverpool had circumstances been different and he had played under Rafa Benitez or Kenny Dalglish, but under Klopp, he would be considered more of a luxury than a necessity and that’s why the Reds may well make it possible for Wilson to leave in the summer.

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  1. Yes I would keep Harry Wilson, just as good as the Japanese lad. Also Lallana give him another yearly contract. Need another striker and a back up left back in the squad, and maybe one more midfielder. And a young back up keeper.


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