Whether or not Harry Wilson remains on Merseyside for the coming season has yet to be decided. Jürgen Klopp has had time to assess Wilson’s presence in the team throughout pre-season but the manager has some time left before determining the correct course for the player and the club.
Meanwhile several other clubs have reportedly made their interest in Wilson known to Liverpool. Both Newcastle United and, the newly-returned to the Premier League, Aston Villa are said to be open to a loan move but are also willing to do a permanent deal for Wilson this summer if that option becomes available.
At 22-years-old, Wilson should be playing regularly. His season at Derby shows that he can excel if given the time to make an impact. But once Mohamed Salah returns, and is covered by either Xherdan Shaqiri or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, it will be difficult for Wilson to get on the pitch at Liverpool.
If Harry stays, he’ll be named to the bench several times, making a handful of appearances in the league and do reasonably well in a string of domestic cup games. He would also train everyday with the Champions of Europe, which has invaluable benefits.
If Wilson moves on, a loan to a Premier League side should be the priority. He’s done the Championship.
Aston Villa may not be the best option given they are newly-arrived and could struggle very quickly. Alternately, you could view a young player helping to carry the weight of some team’s failure as character building. Then, Newcastle are managed by Steve Bruce and so shouldn’t be viewed as an attractive option either. But, the Magpies are a seasoned team in the league and of the caliber that could offer Wilson regular, weekly minutes.
Harry will have other suitors arrive as the summer continues. And it feels like this is the moment for the young player to go and get what he wants. Does he want to stay at Liverpool and fight for a spot in Klopp’s team? Is he good enough to do that? Or does he want guaranteed football, to grow on the pitch and make a name for himself elsewhere? I wish somebody would just tell me.