According to respected journalist Alan Nixon, Leeds United are already targeting a summer loan swoop for Liverpool starlet Harry Wilson, should the Whites secure promotion to the Premier League this season.
LEEDS. Already looking at Harry Wilson at LIVERPOOL for a loan next season if they go up. Playing for DERBY. Must have been checking him out from the bushes.
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) 3 March 2019
Marcelo Bielsa’s side are currently in the thick of the Championship title battle and stand a great chance of achieving promotion at the end of this campaign. Doing so would mean a busy summer though. For as impressive as the Elland Road outfit have been, their squad needs a serious upgrade if the club are to thrive in the top flight.
Not only will Bielsa require extra quality, but he’ll also need additional strength in depth. Signing Wilson would potentially provide both, but it would also have knock-on effects at Elland Road.
We’re here to take a look at the potential consequences of Wilson’s arrival.
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Pablo Hernandez is one of Leeds’ star players and is a favourite of Bielsa’s. However, at 33-years-old, he is now in the twilight of his career. To expect the Spaniard to thrive week in, week out in the Premier League would be a huge ask at his age.
Whilst the attacker will still have a role to play next season, Wilson could provide some much needed cover for Hernandez. The veteran Spaniard can be relied upon to bring experience and guile to the team; the 21-year-old Liverpool ace can provide the pace and energy.
Wilson is currently on loan with Championship club Derby County and is enjoying a fine campaign in the second tier. Frank Lampard generally deploys the Welshman on the right flank.
This season, Leeds have had a young breakout star of their own, Jack Clarke, who has shone in the very same position. The 18-year-old has shown some real quality in this campaign and the Elland Road faithful are certainly excited about the academy product’s potential.
Whilst it wouldn’t be impossible for Wilson and Clarke to play together – Wilson can also be deployed centrally – it’s likely that they’d often find themselves competing for the same spot in the starting XI. Given that Wilson is the older and more experienced of the pair, he’d probably be the favourite to win this battle, which could stunt Clarke’s development and hold him back.
In the January transfer window, the Whites tried to sign Swansea City forward Daniel James. The move fell through, but it has since been suggested that Bielsa is keen to return for the 20-year-old in the summer.
However, it’s unlikely that the Whites will land both Wilson and James. A move for the 8-cap Wales international would probably end Leeds’ interest in the Swansea star.