For a time, Harry Wilson’s place in Liverpool’s future seemed certain, but over the last three or four years the improving fortunes of the club as a whole have made that future with it for Wilson appear increasingly uncertain.
Now, the club are set to cash in on the talented 22-year-old winger who they value at £30M—a fee that reflects how highly they still regard the young Welshman. Such is the transfer tale being told this week by Football Insider.
Whether or not the digital outlet has any real insight here or into the goings on within Liverpool Football Club more generally is something we’re skeptical about, but the reality is that this is a fairly sensible rumour.
Wilson is a very good young player, but Liverpool today are the best football team in England and Europe and a player who might have had a role to play in the first team a few years ago would find it harder today.
And while the player has had a solid season with Bournemouth, it hasn’t been a spectacular one, as after a strong start he hasn’t registered a goal or assist in 2020, remaining an equally tantalizing and frustrating talent.
He has the technique but not perhaps the elite physical talent. He’ll score Match of the Day gems but over a full 90 seem wasteful. He’s a good and promising player—just maybe not good enough for Liverpool today.
Given his age, then, it does seem like we’re headed for a potentially decisive summer for Wilson, one in which if a suitable buyer with a big enough budget can be found it would be reasonable for him to be moved on.