Harry Wilson has drawn attention from Newcastle United recently along with newly promoted Aston Villa. However, latest reports from Sky Sports suggests that the Magpies are now unlikely to sign the Welsh winger Harry Wilson as he is not available on loan. This means that Steve Bruce was only keen to bring Wilson on loan this summer.
Jurgen Klopp has reportedly made it clear that another loan spell would not help the winger this summer and he insists that the Welshman needs to settle somewhere. Liverpool are said to be valuing Wilson at around £20m. However, they can even consider a core fee of £15m with the rest of the £5m in add ons.
The 22-year-old was Derby County’s top scorer from last season, and there is no doubt that quite a few clubs would be lining up to sign him on loan. However, it seems like Liverpool only want a permanent deal for him this summer.
What should Bruce do?
Wilson is a genuine goalscorer, and he will bring in attacking returns for the Toon. The club lost Salomon Rondon, Joselu and Ayoze Perez from last season, so there is a clear case for the club to add attacking options. We think that Bruce should change his stance and look to sign Wilson on a permanent deal instead of just trying to bring him on loan.
How can he fit in at Newcastle United?
The left-footed winger likes to play from the right flank. However, the Wales international is versatile enough to be used in a central role as well. Wilson often tries to move into central areas when he starts as a winger.
He managed to score 17 goals for Derby County in the Championship last season, and he often drifted inside instead of hugging the bylines like a traditional winger. There is no doubt to us that Wilson can slot is an attacking midfielder comfortably at St. James’ Park.
The 22-year-old might not have the bursting pace of some traditional wingers, but he can be highly effective in the final third with his finishing. Wilson manages to get himself in a pocket of space, and he packs in a hammer of a left foot which makes him a dangerous player in and around the opposition penalty box. His versatility would be a significant asset for Bruce. Given his age and talent, he is definitely worth the £20m in today’s market.