Ex-Premier League player Noel Whelan has urged his former club, Leeds, to sign seven-goal Harry Wilson from Liverpool in the summer window.
Whelan believes Wilson would be a better player for Leeds than Tyler Roberts, who currently occupies the number 10 position within Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
The pundit says Wilson can adapt to several positions and that could appeal to Bielsa, whilst he also has a ‘wonderful left-foot’. This comes almost a year on from Leeds wanting to sign Wilson following their promotion to the Premier League.
Speaking to Football Insider, Whelan backed Wilson to be a good signing for the club. “Wilson could be an option for us. He is better than Tyler Roberts.
“When you are talking about a number 10, you need to be the star player. You need the one who creates, the one that opens up the door. He cannot do that on a regular basis.
“Wilson is a busy player, he has an eye for a pass, pace and a wonderful left-foot. He can adapt to a number of roles as well which is what Marcelo Bielsa likes.”
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The seven-goal attacker has enjoyed a successful loan spell with Cardiff in the Championship this season. Wilson has seven goals and 11 assists in 32 Championship starts, proving that he has the quality to consistently deliver goals and assists in the second tier. However, question marks remain over whether or not he can do it in the Premier League following a difficult time with Bournemouth last year.
Wilson did score seven goals in the Premier League with Bournemouth, but failed to register a single assist and averaged a dismal WhoScored rating of 6.52. This suggests that his overall performances were not good enough on a regular basis, whilst he scored seven goals from 1.8 shots per game and 0.5 key passes per game – perhaps showing that he was more focused on scoring himself rather than helping his team.
His unconvincing displays in the top-flight last time out could mean Liverpool may not have a place for him in their first-team next season. Wilson was clearly surplus to requirements last summer as Jurgen Klopp shipped him out on loan, which means that the door could be open for Leeds to swoop for the winger – as Whelan suggests – ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.
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