Speaking to LFC TV over the weekend, Aldo insisted that Wilson 'could be could be the next one to make the breakthrough to the first team', and hailed the youngster's burgeoning ability. He raved:
"He [Wilson] has so much pace. He’s just as quick with the ball as he is without it, and that is a fantastic skill to have.
"Brendan Rodgers will be looking [him] because he is perfect in any position in that front three: wide right, left, or central in the same position as Coutinho. He is one to watch!"
Wilson seems to agree with Aldo's assessment of his positional flexibility. In a recent interview, he noted:
"Since Brendan Rodgers took over, the youth team plays to the shape of the first team. We go with a 4-3-3, with me playing as one of the top wide players. I'm left-footed, but can play on either side of that formation"
Liverpool are seemingly blessed with a huge array of quality young players, and with the likes of Wilson, Ibe et al al making good progress - and Sterling/Flanagan setting a great example to follow - the Reds will hopefully unearth one or two more first-team gems over the next year or so.
Wilson turns 17 in a few weeks, and given the fact Raheen Sterling made his debut for the club at the same age, it's not beyond the realm of possibility that Wilson could follow suit.
Coleman's decision to play Wilson probably had more to do with ensuring the youngster is tied to Wales than anything else, but one person who's thanking the Wales boss right now is Wilson's grandfather, who collected £125K after placing a £50 bet on Wilson becoming an international footballer. Nice!
Being a Welsh winger, Wilson is obviously compared to Gareth Bale, but the youngster models his game on several other top-class players:
"Ryan Giggs was an obvious hero when I was a kid. These days I look a lot to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. I'm attack-minded and love getting forward."
Sounds good to me. Put him in the team :-)
Author: Jaimie K