Harry Wilson’s been skirting on the edges of great-things-on-the-first-team for a while now. But despite being nominated for player of the month this September in the Premier League 2, games at Anfield are still not easy to come by.
U23 boss, Neil Critchley, who has seen Wilson develop in leaps and bounds has nothing but positive things to say about him and the player he has become.
“He is in really good goalscoring form at the moment,” Critchley said. “We were speaking with Harry the other day and saying to him if you look at where he was from the first time I came to the club four years ago to where he is now, he has made great progress when you think about the things he’s had to deal with, the highs, the lows, the setbacks that he’s had.”
Wilson recently returned to play after recovering from an Achilles injury and promptly celebrated by scoring six goals in September alone. Critchley and his team have naturally been overjoyed.
“It’s great to see how much his game has developed for the staff because that’s what development is,” Critchley added. “That is starting someone with a journey and seeing how they end up and Harry is obviously still on that journey.
“He’s part of the way through that journey but it’s not finished yet. I think Harry has made massive strides and for me to get some time with him over the next few months is brilliant.”
A few more months under Critchley will be good development for Wilson, but it seems almost universally agreed that the next step for him will be seeking out first team football wherever he can get it.
“I think at some point he will go into a senior environment and play games when he is going to get tested both physically and mentally,” Critchley said when asked about Wilson moving on. “He’s going to have to do that [in games] twice a week to see if he can cope with the demands of men’s football.
“I’m sure if Harry keeps playing well for us between now and January then maybe he will have some more options then.”
Wilson had a difficult time during his last loan at Crewe, but with a few more seasons under his belt now, he would likely thrive at a team like Celtic, who voiced an interest in him over the summer. The experience will be invaluable for Wilson and for Liverpool as well when he returns.