Danny Wilson , at just 19-years-old has already displayed a great deal of ability and has the potential to go on and be a top defender if he’s managed right. It’s finding the youngster regular game-time that may prove difficult for Kenny Dalglish and Liverpool . In total Danny has racked up eight appearances for the Reds, yet he’s found his opportunities extremely limited lately.
So far this season he has made just the one appearance, back in August. He’s just not getting the opportunity to prove himself. Jamie Carragher may be growing in years and Agger may be perpetually injured, yet the 19-year-old doesn’t seem to be any closer to first team football. Most Liverpool fans recognise the need for an experienced defender to join the club this January and don’t see Danny as the answer to their centre-back problem.
His lack of game time this season even saw him dropped from the senior Scotland squad for this month’s Euro 2012 qualifiers. Danny himself is just itching to play:
“There’s nothing worse than not being able to go out on the pitch on a Saturday and play, but I need to just keep my head down and hopefully I’ll either get some game time at Liverpool or get the chance to go somewhere else and try and prove myself.”
Given that chances at Liverpool are extremely limited the only way Wilson can prove himself is with a move to another team. Yet in his few appearances for the club he has shown Liverpool that he has genuine ability and for this reason Liverpool wont want to let him go on a permanent basis.
The best move for both player and club is this surely for Danny to go out on loan. It’s my personal hope that he joins a top Championship side (in the same way that Jonjo Shelvey was recently loaned out to Blackpool). If Wilson went to a club like Middlesbrough or Southampton who are performing well it would represent a chance for him to build confidence. I don’t think it’d help to have him at a club that is struggling to pick up results.
Young players don’t always have the mental strength of experienced older heads. So why not send Danny out on loan where he can develop a winning mentality? Either way I hope that he gets the move he needs to further a promising career.
Article courtesy of Harry Cloke from This is Futbol