Portsmouth have been handed a major boost in their pursuit of Brandon Wilson as the midfielder is set to become a free agent this summer.
According to Football Insider, Wilson is poised to become a free agent at the end of the month after rejecting Perth Glory’s attempts to extend his contract. The Australian club have made several unsuccessful offers to tie him down to a new deal and he is now set to move on this sumer.
League One trio Portsmouth, Burton and Crewe Alexandra are all said to be chasing a deal for the 24-year-old. Danny Cowley is looking to strengthen his squad and has identified Wilson as a target heading into the summer transfer window.
The Gazette News has claimed that Wilson was handed the nickname “Juan Mata” whilst impressing in Burnley’s academy. He was unable to make the breakthrough the Premier League club, though, and decided to join Perth Glory at the age of 19 to progress his career.
Pompey fans would surely be buzzing if the club is able to reach an agreement with Wilson. The 24-year-old enjoyed an impressive campaign for Perth Glory, averaging a SofaScore rating of 6.88 in the A-League. He played 16 games in the league, winning 1.6 tackles and making 1.4 interceptions per game, whilst managing to go through the entire campaign without making an error leading to a shot or goal. This suggests that he is an effective defensive midfielder, as he regularly wins the ball back and gets through matches without making critical mistakes.
Andy Cannon is due to leave Fratton Park this summer and Wilson could be an excellent replacement as their statistics from the 2020/21 season are very similar. Cannon averaged a SofaScore rating of 6.86 for Pompey, winning 2.3 tackles and making 0.7 interceptions per game. This means that “Juan Mata” Wilson averaged a higher rating by 0.02 and the pair both won the ball back three times per game for their respective clubs, suggesting that they are of similar quality in midfield.
The £315,000-rated gem has been compared to Spanish international Mata, as previously mentioned, and that could be due to his passing and dribbling skills. Wilson completed an eye-catching 70% of his attempted dribbles in the A-League, showing off his superb control of the ball, and completed 86% of his passes for Perth Glory throughout the campaign.
Therefore, his physical and technical quality is there for all to see, and that is why Portsmouth fans should be buzzing if the club can convince him to make a return to England upon the expiry of his contract this summer.
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