Harry Wilson’s fairytale loan at Derby County, and what he can bring to Liverpool when he returns

By Mick Moran – @m1cklfc

Harry Wilson picking up the ball, gliding past opponents and unleashing effortlessly powerful swipes of his left foot. The ball flying, followed by the sweet sound of the back of the net being pinged, met by cheers of the Rams’ fans.

It’s becoming a common theme for the young Welsh wizard at Derby County and it’s a sight that Liverpool fans will never tire of for the rest of the season.

10 goals in 24 appearances in all competitions is an exceptional return for the 21-year-old when you factor in he has spent a good chunk of his playing time in an advanced role in a three-man midfield for Frank Lampard’s men.

With these types of numbers to boast, it’s important to note that he has continued his development following his impressive loan to Hull last season where he notched seven goals in 14 appearances in all competitions. A goal in every other game for a winger is a great return, especially for a young lad still honing his trade.

The highlight goal of his remarkable Derby career so far surely coming against Man Utd where the little wizard struck an unbelievable 30-yard free-kick past a hapless Sergio Romero.

Wilson talking about THAT Man Utd free-kick, and why it’s one of the best he has ever scored.

VIDEO CREDIT: Derby County FC / Rams TV

It’s this aptitude for free-kicks which has made all of us purr on Twitter. It seems like every other week there is another Harry Wilson belter doing the rounds and it really is great to see.

Four of his 10 goals including this exceptional strike vs. United have come by way of a dead ball opportunity (not to mention he scored another cracking free-kick for Wales against Ireland!)

But it’s not just this proficiency to strike a sweet set-piece that has been impressive about his game. His first goal for the Rams came from an opposition’s corner.

Wilson picked up the ball deep inside his own half before gliding past opponents and passing to an onrushing team-mate, before receiving the ball back to slot home. Another an audacious half-volley from the edge of the box which was made to look effortless.

It’s how simple Wilson makes it look, and that is what makes it so enthralling to watch. His left peg could match that of Patrick Berger’s, who had one of the finest I’ve ever seen. It’s very much a similar style in how they deliver their strikes. The simple swing of a left boot, the ball’s power and accuracy unparalleled in its unwavering destiny to hit the back of the net.

It’s a great credit to Frank Lampard that under his tutelage he has returned these great numbers and continues to thrive in that Derby team.

As I mentioned, Wilson has been deployed as a central-midfielder on quite a few occasions, breaking deep from midfield or picking up pockets in between the lines to score goals and make himself a nuisance for opposition, and who better to teach him these types of traits than one of the best to ever do it in the Premier League in Lampard?

The versatility he possesses and continues to improve upon also stands him in great stead for his inevitable return to Liverpool next summer where he’ll look to build on this supreme form.

He could be used in the squad for the possible outgoing Adam Lallana, with a switch back to Southampton being reported recently. Lallana will be 31 this year and is nearing the twilight of his career, and Wilson can be the ready-made replacement for him.

The Welshman is still only 21 and has tons of development to do but who better than Jurgen Klopp to guide the youngster as he reaches the make or break stage of his career, and hopefully he can go on to realise his potential and become what every Liverpool fan dreams he can be.


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