Harry Wilson Profile
|Born||Mar 22, 1997|
After failing to break through to Liverpool's first team, Wilson has experienced a flurry of loan spells where he has grown into a talented winger for both club and country.
Harry Wilson is a Welsh international who is on the books of Liverpool but has spent most of his career out on loan.
Wilson rose through the ranks of Liverpool's academy and has enjoyed loan spells at Crewe Alexandra, Hull City, Derby County, AFC Bournemouth and Cardiff City. His playing situation ahead of the 2021/22 season is currently unresolved.
Wilson has played for Wales at under-17, under-19 and under-21 levels, establishing himself in their senior national team since 2013. He has been selected for Wales' Euro 2020 squad.
Rising through the Liverpool ranks
Wilson joined Liverpool as a member of their under-nine squad. At the age of 15, he became a full-time member of the Liverpool Academy.
During the 2012/13 campaign, Wilson featured regularly for Liverpool's under-16s, while also occasionally featuring for their under-18 side.
He was promoted to the under-18s full-time for the start of the following campaign and was the joint-top goalscorer alongside Sheyi Ojo in the 2014 Ajax Future Cup.
In July 2015, Wilson was included in Liverpool's squad for their pre-season tour of Thailand, Australia and Malaysia.
On August 26, 2015, Wilson was sent to Crewe Alexandra on a four-month loan deal.
He made seven appearances for the Railwaymen.
Playing for the Tigers and Rams
Wilson went out on loan to Hull City on the final day of January, 2018. The move proved to be the spark that he needed. Wilson scored seven goals for Hull in 14 matches and won the EFL Championship Player of the Month award for April.
Wilson signed a new five-year contract with Liverpool in July of 2018 before signing a season-long loan agreement with Derby County.
While at Derby, he commented on his new nickname, 'Scouse Torres', which had been bestowed upon him due to the perceived similarity in appearance between himself and Fernando Torres, the former Liverpool, Chelsea and Atletico Madrid striker.
"To be fair, I've had that quite a lot on social media," the winger explained to The Derby Telegraph. "I don't see it, personally, but I think a lot of the fans do!
"I'd be delighted if I could achieve half of what he's done, with his goalscoring record and the trophies he's won as well.
"I grew up watching him and obviously being a Liverpool fan, it was brilliant going to Anfield and watching him score in pretty much every game.
"Then he went to Chelsea and upset a few of us! But he's a great, great player."
However, Wilson revealed that Steven Gerrard was the player who he idolised most.
"I'd say Steven Gerrard was the name I always had on the back of my Liverpool shirt, as a fan," he revealed.
"He was always the captain and the one that led by example. So he was the one I always had on my shirt."
Time at Bournemouth and Cardiff
Following his loan stint at Derby County, Wilson went on loan to AFC Bournemouth in the Premier League for the 2019/20 season. He scored seven goals in 35 appearances across all competitions.
In 2020/21, Wilson went on loan to Cardiff City and scored seven goals in 38 appearances.
Following the conclusion of hsi latest loan deal, it remains to be seen whether Wilson will be given an opportunity by Jurgen Klopp at Anfield.
Wales national team
Wilson was born in Wrexham and represented Wales in the Victory Shield at under-17 level. His performances caught the eye of then-Wales manager Chris Coleman.
In October 2013, Wilson was called up to the Welsh senior national team for the first time. He was an unused substitute in the match against Macedonia on October 11.
Four days later, Wilson made his debut in a match against Belgium, coming on as a substitute for Hal Robson-Kanu in the 87th minute. He thus became the youngest player ever to play for Wales, beating previous record-holder Gareth Bale by 108 days.
"If he fulfils his potential there is another good player on our hands," said Wales first team boss Coleman, as quoted by BBC.
"Now he has had a little taste of it, that cements his future with Wales for the next 10 or 15 years."
Meanwhile, Wilson posted on Twitter: "Great moment for me personally tonight, would like to thank everyone for the support and all the kind messages!"
Wilson had been eligible to play for England and there was speculation that he may pledge his allegiance to them instead.
"It wasn't just us wanting Harry Wilson's services. We know that," said Coleman, addressing this.
"We spoke with his parents on Friday and they said he wanted to play for Wales which is great.
"He's been brilliant in training. He is full of enthusiasm and has shown some lovely touches."
Wilson's first international start came against China at the 2018 China Cup. He got on the scoresheet in a 6-0 win over the host nation.
Wilson's maternal grandfather, Peter Edwards, won £125,000 after placing a £50 bet that Wilson would become an international soccer player. He placed the bet when Wilson was only 18 months old, as reported by the BBC.
"I was shattered because I had to wait for 85, 86 minutes before he came on and I was panicking because they'd already substituted twice, so I thought he wasn't going to make it," Edwards said.
"But when he came on I had another glass of wine. (I was) a proud grandad first for sure.
"I told my wife at half-time that my pulse was 106 - I didn't know whether that was good or bad.
"When he was about 18 months old he used to chase a ball around on the carpet before he could walk.
"I went into William Hill in Wrexham and asked them how I go about it. I had no idea how to do it and the manager put me in touch with London."
Wilson's precise net worth is unknown.