Derby County Opinion: Bringing Harry Wilson back for another loan spell would be a smart piece of business for the Rams
According to Wales Online, Derby County have made a contact with Liverpool over the availability of talented youngster Harry Wilson on another loan spell, with new manager Phillip Cocu looking to build a squad capable of securing promotion to the Premier League next season.
The 22-year-old Welsh international, who spent the last season on loan at Pride Park, racked up an overly impressive tally of 18 goals and 6 assists in 49 appearances across all competitions to propel Frank Lampard’s side to the playoff finals.
A defeat at the hands of Aston Villa ended Derby’s hopes of making a return to the top-flight for the first time since 2007-08.
Interestingly, as the story goes, Derby are keen to bring the highly-rated attacker back to Pride Park for a second consecutive loan spell, although it understood that Liverpool would be more interested in a permanent move for Wilson. (h/t Wales Online)
Derby are not the only club to have expressed an interest in Wilson, though, with Wales Online claiming that the 22-year-old has also been courted heavily by Premier League sides Leicester City and Bournemouth, as well as Spanish heavyweights Sevilla.
The Rams are yet to flex their muscles to a large extent under Cocu this summer, with Graeme Shinnie arriving on a free transfer from Aberdeen and Kieran Dowell coming through the door on loan from Everton.
The fans at Pride Park will be hoping for the club to show a lot more ambition in the market ahead of the upcoming campaign, with the expectations of going one step better than what they achieved last season. And Derby’s attempt to re-sign last season’s standout performer Harry Wilson is bound to create a lot of noise amongst the supporters.
Wilson was one of the most consistent performers in the Championship this past season but it doesn’t look likely that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has the Welshman in his plans for the upcoming campaign.
Although the Wilson is not short of talent and potential, the 22-year-old doesn’t seem to have a realistic chance of getting enough regular minutes if he chooses to stay on at Anfield, with so many international stalwarts currently leading the line for the Reds.
Given that he has already had a couple of fruitful loan spells in the Championship with Hull City and Derby, it is high time for Wilson to give up his Liverpool dream and carve out a reputation for himself at another club.
Securing a permanent move somewhere, preferably in England, would be in the best interests of his development and arguably a win-win situation for all parties involved.
That, however, doesn’t mean that the Rams should put an end to their pursuit of Harry Wilson for yet another loan spell. The 22-year-old played in a wide variety of attacking roles under Lampard this past season and showcased his goalscoring prowess, whilst also offering an influential creative presence in the final third.
Considering that Wilson propelled Derby to the playoff finals almost single-handedly last season, it doesn’t require a rocket scientist to figure out that bringing him back to the club for the upcoming campaign would be a massive coup for the Rams.
However, in all honesty, these speculations sound more hopeful than anything else, given that Liverpool have made it clear that they are only looking for a permanent deal, which is expected to be well beyond Derby’s financial capabilities.
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To sum it up, a return to Pride Park for Wilson doesn’t seem probable, although it’s not totally impossible either.