If there is one thing Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers deserves praise for it is the impressive role he plays in developing many of England’s most talented youngsters.
The Northern Irish manager has been responsible in showcasing the talents of the likes of Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson, Jordon Ibe and Emre Can. He has integrated them all into the first team and helped them become vital for their club and, in some cases, country.
And another youngster with a bright future at Anfield is defender Andre Wisdom.
The young talent signed a new four-year deal in May and is expected to play an important role in the future for the Reds.
Rodgers gave Wisdom his big break back in 2012 when he made his debut in a Europa League clash against Young Boys and due to a number of defensive injuries, the player became a regular member of the squad that season.
Since then the player has been sent on a number of loan spells to further his development, with time spent at Derby County and then West Brom last season.
Unfortunately, during his time at West Brom the youngster’s development was halted following the arrival of manager Tony Pulis in December. The Welshman didn’t regard Wisdom as part of his plans and the defender was limited to just six appearances in the second half of the campaign.
This means the player isn’t where Rodgers wants him to be experience wise and now Wisdom is being sent on another season long loan, this time to Norwich City.
Following the arrival of Nathaniel Clyne at Anfield, there is no gap to give Wisdom the necessary time in the first team.
In what will prove a massive season for the under pressure Liverpool boss, he needs his players to perform and will not want to take many risks with selection looking to the established members of his squad to lead his side’s rejuvenation.
And Norwich provide the perfect opportunity for the player. He moves to the side as one of their best defenders and will most likely feature heavily for the Canaries this season.
The newly promoted side gain a talented young defender who is comfortable on the ball. The 22-year-old is also extremely versatile. Although prominently played at right-back, he is comfortable playing anywhere along the back line.
After his troubled spell at West Brom, Wisdom will have a point to prove to his former boss Pulis and will be determined to showcase the talents that the Baggies missed out on, which will great news for Norwich.
Alex Neil is a great motivator and he will play an integral role in developing his new addition further. Similarly to Brendan Rodgers, he looks to get the best out of his players and motivates them to go that extra mile and to push themselves to a higher level of performance.
Wisdom himself knows how important this year is for his future. The defender is at that crucial stage of his Liverpool career where he has to make an impression on Rodgers, otherwise he could find himself at the bottom of the pecking order on his return to Anfield.
The youngster has all the talent needed to succeed at the top level, it’s just a case of taking every opportunity he gets.