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One to watch: Derby County’s 21-year-old winger Harry Wilson

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One to watch: Derby County’s 21-year-old winger Harry Wilson

Introducing The Boot Room’s 2018/19 One to Watch series…

Harry Wilson returns to the Championship on loan again this season with Derby County after a positive start to senior football career last season at Hull City.

His fruitful return of seven goals and three assists in 996 minutes for Hull was a healthy return after arriving on loan in January.

Not only that, the Welshman notched his first senior international goal with a tidy left-footed curler that looks as though it could become a trademark of his.

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After Wilson signed a new contract with Liverpool this summer, Reds manager Jürgen Klopp was quick to highlight the Welshman’s best attribute.

“He’s a finisher, which is the most difficult thing to learn, he has the nose for a goal if you want,” Klopp told the club’s official website.

After playing predominantly on the left for Hull City, Wilson will likely play on his favoured right flank this season, which will allow him to continue to work on cutting inside and firing across the goalkeeper.

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His goal-scoring nous is something that is becoming desirable amongst wide players, whose natural role is increasingly being consumed by full-backs.

 

Additionally, while he has more than enough stamina to run out 90 minutes, he lacks some of the explosiveness of a traditional winger.

Not to worry, he instead focusses on linking up with central players – playing off them and combining to work his way into the penalty box and create space to shoot.

Season Ahead

Wilson arrives at a Derby County side in a much more favourable position than Hull City were when he was loaned there last season.

As promotion hopefuls, and with the requisite parts to be a pretty strong attacking force, the 21-year-old should feel confident in being able to impress onlookers from his parent club Liverpool.

He is aiming high. Wilson seems determined to be a success at Derby, then Liverpool.

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