27 Aug 2015

Done Deal: Liverpool seal transfer for record-breaking attacker who idolises 'Messi and Ronaldo'

After the recent departure of Sheyi Oji, Jordan Williams, and Kevin Stewart, Liverpool starlet Harrly Wilson is the latest youngster to leave the club on loan this summer.

Liverpool currently have 8 members of the U21 squad out on loan (Ojo, Stewart, Lawrence Vigouroux, Andre Wisdom, Jordan Williams, Lloyd Jones and Danny Ward), and According to the Liverpool Echo today:

"Harry Wilson has joined Crewe Alexandra on a youth loan. Brendan Rodgers is keen for the 18-year-old winger to get first-team football to boost his development and he will stay with the League One outfit until January 5".

18-year old Wilson's description on the official LFC website:

"Harry has all the hallmarks of typical left winger - bags of pace, a great touch, ability and accelaration with the ball at his feet".

* 2013: Broke the record for youngest player in Wales’ history when he was handed his first cap at the age of 16 years and 208 days.

* Included in Rodgers' squad for this summer’s pre-season jolly around the Eastern Hemisphere, but didn't play a single minute of any of the games.

* Originally on the books at Manchester United, as Wilson himself confirmed 2-years ago: "My career started at Manchester United. It didn't work out there, but Liverpool said they wanted to have a look at me and it went from there".

* On his footballing influences: "I'm a Welsh winger, so Ryan Giggs was an obvious hero. These days I look a lot to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. I'm attack-minded and love getting forward".

Oh dear. If Wilson is 'attack-minded' and 'loves getting forward', then he has no chance of ever making it into Rodgers' first team ...unless, of course, he recalibrates his approach, and starts priortising defending, hassling, tackling, and pressing over the innate instinct to attack.

That is, after all, Rodgers' preference for attacking players, which explains why he's played the likes of Sterling, Ibe, and Markovic as wing-backs.

Steve McManaman certainly thinks that Wilson is destined for great things. In May, he told the Liverpool Echo:

“Sheyi (Ojo), and Harry Wilson, when they attack players, they’re very, very confident and they’re playing very well. I think they’ve come on leaps and bounds this year, I’m really impressed. If anything they’re over-achieving".

Last season, Brendan Rodgers cut short Jordon Ibe's loan in January, and the youngster returned to make 17 appearances for the club. If things go well for Wilson, maybe he'll get a similar chance?

Realistically, though, 22-year old Joao Teixeira - who grabbed 1 goals 3 assists during pre-season is ignored, what chance does Wilson have?

Scratch that - Wilson is British, so with Rodgers in charge, he obviously has a significant advantage over Teixeira.

Author: Jaimie K


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