Last night saw The Championship spring back into life with Derby County securing a last gasp winner v Reading. Frank Lampard and his staff went wild at Lawrence’s 94th minute winner and the hope will be that this win will be just the start for the former Chelsea superstar.
Derby are a big club in that league. There is a yearning for Premier League football to return after more than a decade now without it. It feels like a big club in the making and the draw of The Rams has seen them able to bring in some top talent at that level.
Harry Wilson is a prime example of their pulling power. The Welsh international was wanted by more than half of the division’s teams, but it was Derby who got him.
In the company of former Reds
The highly rated youngster made his competitive debut for the club in last night’s win. Interestingly, a cursory glance at Frank Lampard’s first team sheet saw a couple of other names that will be more than familiar to Liverpool fans.
Scott Carson and Andre Wisdom are two of Wilson’s new team mates. Both former Reds are at differing stages of their careers but can offer a note of caution to the talented Mr Wilson.
Hard to break in
Liverpool’s recent history is overly peppered by players signed and dubbed the next big thing.
Scott Carson was rated as a much better keeper than Paul Robinson, when Liverpool swooped for another graduate of Leeds United’s academy.
The keeper soon found out though just what a tough ask it would be to make it at Liverpool.
Initially a back up to Jerzy Dudek, the youngster made a yoyoing contribution to the club’s 2005 quater final win over Juventus. Perhaps it was clear after that shaky night at Anfield that Carson would never quite fit the bill. It certainly got impossible for him once Riena was brought in from Villarreal. Out of favour, Carson slipped away on loan and out of the club.
Wisdom’s was not too disimilar. The towering full back, another man from Leeds, made a reasonable start to his Reds career. The right back actually looked poised for the first team in his reasonable handful of games in 2012/13.
Like Carson before him, the youngster never really let anyone down, but was deemed not quite good enough by Brendan Rodgers.
Not the first nor the last
Wilson is a clearly a talented footballer. He is still young, but at twenty-one he is bordering on too old to be considered a prospect.
Some fans questioned the logic of signing Shaqiri while we had Wilson available for nothing. However fans must remember that Jon Welsh was the next Gerrard or that Dani Pacheco was shit hot.
Wilson wouldn’t be the first highly rated youngster to be deemed not quite good enough for a team trying to challenge for the very top honours. With so much talent ahead of them, a youngster must be exceptional, as Trent Alexander-Arnold proved to be last season. If they are not at that level, there is little room for patience or, worse, costly errors.
Wilson needs games and a chance to impress Klopp. A look at his new team mates, and their first hand experience of the ruthlessness at the top, should serve as a warning to Wilson and his future prospects.