Harry Wilson is probably a solid Premier League player. Twenty starts, 11 substitute appearances and seven goals on loan at Bournemouth this past season is a respectable return. It is for example, the same number of starts but seven times the number of goals that Alexis Sanchez managed in his final season with Manchester United. However, while Wilson might make a decent squad player for a mid-table club, it is likely that he will struggle to get consistent minutes for a Premier League-winning, world class Liverpool.
To that end, newly-promoted Leeds United are said to be interested in taking the Liverpool youth product off the club’s hands with a £15m bid rumored to be in the offing, a decent sum from mid-table side in this pandemic-addled transfer market.
The question going into the 2019-20 campaign was whether the 23-year-old could translate his Championship division-conquering promise to the top flight, with Wilson ultimately choosing to join Bournemouth on loan to prove himself to Jürgen Klopp. There was promising start to the season, as the diminutive winger scored in his first two matches, including a stunning free kick against Manchester City, to win Cherries’ August Player of the Month award.
However, despite the coronavirus-induced stoppage in March finding Wilson tied atop the team’s goalscoring charts, there were doubts back at Liverpool of his future in Klopp’s finely-tuned setup.
“Harry’s shooting is world-class,” said Klopp back in December. “Find me five players who shoot better than him. But the game is about more and that is what he has to improve and that is clear.
“To be involved as an offensive player you have to connect with other players. He has that – it is not like he doesn’t – but to get to the next level, he needs game time at the highest level. That is why we loaned him to Bournemouth.”
If the Leeds rumors are true, Wilson will get the chance to learn under one of the game’s most intriguing characters in manager Marcelo Bielsa. Although, if Liverpool supporters were being selfish, it wouldn’t hurt to sound out the relegated Bournemouth as business between the two clubs in recent years, including Dominic Solanke (£19m, 3 goals) and Jordon Ibe (£16m, 0 goals), would make the south coast club ideal trading partners once again.
Whaddya say, Cherries? Wire over £35m and we’ll have the deal for Wilson sorted by tomorrow.