Harry Wilson is fast becoming one of the most talked about prospects in World Football. Born on the 22nd of March 1997 in Wrexham, Wales, Wilson’s family had early hopes that he would make in the realms of professional football. When he was just 18 months old Harry’s maternal grandfather placed a 50 GPB bet on him becoming a full Welsh international.
The bet looked like being money well spent when his pace and natural skill were spotted by Liverpool. The youngster instantly slotted in to the U9s team at the famous Merseyside clubs Melwood Academy, where Willson has grown in to a frightening prospect. He has bags of pace skill and vision that has seen him terrorise defences from U16 level right through to the U18s.
On the international scenes a battle was slowly burning. Both of Wilson’s parents are Welsh but the youngster does qualify for England because of his English grandfather and it was thought that the FA were going to try and persuade the tricky winger to switch allegiances. Despite this interest the move was never really on the cards. After being called up the youth set up Wilson made history when he came on as a late substitute against Macedonia on the 11th of October 2013 to become Wales’ youngest ever player at just 16 years and 207 days. The appearance also meant his grandfather received a payout of 125,000 GBP from his little bet 14 years earlier.
"If he fulfills his potential there is another good player on our hands," said Wales boss Chris Coleman.
"Now he has had a little taste of it, that cements his future with Wales for the next 10 or 15 years."
Understandably Liverpool are treating this talent with extra special care. Every knock or slight strain means a stint on the bench for the youngster, which I am sure is frustrating at times. The club is apparently eager not have their young stars burn out after another LFC prodigy, Michael Owen, criticised them for making him play too much football as a youngster. Owen said the amount of games he played in the early days of his career were the reason he hadn’t been full fit since he was 19.
When Wilson does play he is great to watch. The reds youth set up tends to see him playing out on the right despite being predominantly left footed, but as you can see from these video clips his vision, awareness and finishing skills mean that letting him cut inside is the worst thing a defender a can do. Wilson is a top talent and along with the likes of Jordan Ibe, Jerome Sinclair and Jordan Rossiter he is set to be part of a very bright Liverpool future. Watch out EPL the red men are coming.