It’s that time of the year when thoughts turn to end-of-season honors and summer transfer targets. Liverpool will be focused on the Champions League semi-finals and on securing a top four spot, but discussions have already been heating up amongst observers about what the 2018-19 iteration of this squad will look like. Transfer activity will be a huge part of this process, as always, but Liverpool have a number of players out on loan, about whom decisions will have to be made.
It’s hardly news at this point, but Welsh winger Harry Wilson has been making a decent case for himself while on loan with Nigel Adkins’ Hull City. The Tigers, for their part, are eager to retain Wilson’s services for another year. Adkins’ squad took a vital step towards making that scenario possible by securing their survival in the EFL Championship with a point away to Bristol City yesterday, at the end of a wild 5-5 draw.
Wilson was a key contributor to that effort, scoring twice in a roller-coaster affair that saw Hull City score first, fall behind, then seize the advantage in a frantic final quarter of an hour, only to concede the equalizer to Bristol City deep into stoppage time. The point gives the Tigers a ten point over Barnsley, sitting third from bottom, who can gain a maximum of nine points over the remaining matches.
The Liverpool loanee has managed to average a goal or assist every 81.5 minutes during his time in the Championship, and his first effort was an eye-catching one, surging forward before finishing with some style.
Harry Wilson's first goal for Hull v Bristol yesterday. Again proving he's good enough to be backup in attacking positions for Liverpool. pic.twitter.com/S0KIgtCj8q— Kop Left (@KopLeft) April 22, 2018
Late in the match, Wilson showed off another impressive weapon from his repertoire, with a polished free kick from wide on the right that gave Hull City a 4-3 advantage in the 72 minute.
Harry Wilson's second goal for Hull v Bristol. pic.twitter.com/KaQLaXkCsv— Kop Left (@KopLeft) April 22, 2018
Looking towards next year, it will be hard to argue that Liverpool don’t need some additional options on the wings, particularly if there’s any bad luck with injuries. It’s possible that this will be addressed in the transfer market, but Wilson deserves at least some consideration. At 21 years of age, however, he needs consistent minutes, and that may not be at Anfield next year.