Harvey Elliott and Harry Wilson faced off in the Championship yesterday when Blackburn Rovers traveled to Wales to take on Cardiff United. The two Liverpool loanees had been in good form for their respective teams this season, and showed in the head to head match up.
Wilson, playing as an attacking midfielder behind two strikers, ended the day with a brace of assists. The first was from a set piece, where he gave the ball the smallest of reverse touches as he ran over the ball to set up the strike. For his second assists, he received the ball five yards outside the top right side of the box, quickly swiveled his hips, and laid off a perfectly weighted pass for Joe Ralls to run onto and strike.
Elliott started in his usual spot on the right of an attacking three. His assist came sandwiched between the two assists from Wilson. Elliott showed off his passing range, playing a beautiful ball from deep on the right wing around the outside of the defender into the path of Adam Armstrong, who cut the ball back before hitting the ball off of the keeper and into the net at the near post. Armstrong would tie the game in the 90th minute as the sides drew 2-2. You can see the highlights below.
Both Wilson and Elliott now have 11 assists on the season. Young Harvey Elliott has also chipped in with 5 goals, while Harry Wilson has 4 goals on the season. While the two players have similar numbers for the year, they are in very different situations. Elliott, who recently turned 18, is seen as a big part of Liverpool’s future attack. This season has been huge for him to get consistent minutes, and show he can handle both the physical nature of senior team games, as well as handling the pressure of being a key creative cog for a team.
Wilson, on the other hand, is seen as surplus to requirements. The 24 year old has shown he can play well in the Championship, and is deadly on set pieces. His nice season will go a long way to Liverpool getting a solid price for the player with an upper tier Championship side pushing for promotion, or to a lower tier Premier League side.