By Will Butcher
Championship outfit Barnsley are interested in bringing Liverpool youngster Harry Wilson to Oakwell on loan, according to a report.
Alan Nixon has claimed in his Sun transfer column in Sunday’s edition of the paper (page 63) that the 20-year-old could follow in the footsteps of teammate Ryan Kent.
Kent played for the Tykes this season, tallying up 46 appearances in all competitions for Paul Heckingbottom’s side as well as scoring three goals and laying on a further three in assists.
Now, it is believed Heckingbottom will look to use his connections at Anfield in order to strike a second deal with Jurgen Klopp’s side for Under-23 captain Wilson.
Known for his attacking exploits and ability to play anywhere in the final third, Wilson has starred in Premier League 2 this season for Mike Garrity’s side.
Liverpool’s number 59 has scored 12 times in 17 appearances, with his form catching the eye of manager Klopp who gave his just desserts by handing him his senior debut in the FA Cup.
Now, the exciting young attacker could be allowed to leave the Merseyside giants on loan next season in order to further his development in England’s second tier.
Football Insider verdict:
Heckingbottom is known for his faith in youth. He has shown that this season, with the likes of Callum Elder, Gethin Jones and Kent all being handed loans to join the Yorkshire club and further their development at Oakwell. Bringing Wilson to Barnsley would see him join a club that thrive on youth and it could prove crucial in his rise to stardom in the next few years. It will benefit Liverpool, as they will find out if they have a player who could rise to rival the likes of Adam Lallana, Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho. Although a long way from that point, Wilson will be desperate to prove he is capable and a loan move to Barnsley might be the perfect way to do that.