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After an impressive season in the Championship with Derby County, the next obvious step for Harry Wilson to take was a loan move to a Premier League club.
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Those displays had clearly done enough to attract the attention of Eddie Howe, and the Wales international was soon on his way to the Vitality Stadium for the duration of the 2019/20 campaign. Considering that Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah are all but undroppable, there was never going to be much chance of him featuring on a regular basis. Moving to the south coast to further his development looked a sound choice.
Only the youngster is failing to live up to the heights he set at Pride Park last term. He made an electric start this time out, scoring three goals in his first five Premier League appearances, but his overall performances leave a lot to be desired compared to last year.
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The Cherries have struggled in front of goal recently, having scored just once in their last four league matches. As an attacking player, Wilson should shoulder a portion of the blame for that.
So far this season, he has averaged 0.7 key passes per match and 0.2 dribbles, whilst he has also managed to pick up 1.6 fouls per game. All three of these statistics have dropped since his time in the second tier, whilst he has averaged just o.2 crosses compared to 0.6 before.
Some will argue that he still has time on his side, but he is already 22 years of age and will be 23 by the end of the season. He arguably out-shone Mason Mount last term with an average rating of 7.01 to 6.95, as per WhoScored, for Frank Lampard’s Derby but, although circumstances have led to the 20-year-old having more of a free run at a first-team spot at Chelsea this campaign, the 20-year-old is excelling in the top tier with a rating of 7.19.
Time is running out for the winger, at least in terms of his Liverpool career. The season has some way to go yet, but it seems unlikely that he will be catching his manager’s eye with the quality of his performances so far this season.