Liverpool have officially confirmed that Harry Wilson has signed for Championship side Cardiff City on a season-long loan.
Wilson will spend the entirety of the 2020/21 campaign in the second division with Cardiff, despite scoring seven goals in the Premier League with Bournemouth on loan last term.
Harry Wilson has joined @CardiffCityFC on a season-long loan deal.
Good luck for the season ahead, @harrywilson_ 🙌
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 16, 2020
An exit from Anfield could have been hastened by his omission from Liverpool’s Champions League squad earlier this month. Jurgen Klopp opted against putting him in the squad, further limiting the opportunities he had for minutes at the club.
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
The interesting part of this deal is that it is a season-long loan. Wilson was subject of interest from the Premier League over the summer and Burnley reportedly had a £12m bid rejected by Liverpool for him last month, showing that he could have top division clubs still looking at him.
This makes the full-season loan curious as he will now be spending the year in the second tier, whereas he could have signed a loan until January before reassessing his options. If Wilson scores a glut of goals and provides plenty of assists between now and January and Premier League clubs start sniffing then it may seem like an opportunity wasted. It could leave Wilson playing an extra five months in the Championship when he could have been getting more exposure in the Premier League.
Although, there could be an option in the contract allowing Liverpool to recall him in January and move him elsewhere, but that has not been disclosed as of yet.