Exclusive: Bent worries over future of 'Brilliant' Liverpool 22y/o who could excel in first-team
Darren Bent revealed he was worried that Liverpool attacker Harry Wilson’s development could be stunted if he opts to stick around at Anfield and wait for a chance.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, Bent revealed that he thought Wilson could excel in the Reds’ first-team due to being able to rack up assists as well as score goals but wasn’t sure if he’d get an opportunity anytime soon.
Bent pointed out that Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane currently stand in Wilson’s way when it comes to getting an opportunity in Jurgen Klopp’s side and they have plenty of years left at Anfield.
The former Premier League striker stated that he didn’t envision Wilson being able to dislodge Mane and Salah from the team so his opportunity to feature may not come anytime soon.
When asked if Wilson’s latest performance for Wales would have made Klopp think he’s ready for the first-team, Bent told Football Insider: “Yeah potentially, but it’s when?
“You have to think when will he get an opportunity as Salah and Mane are the widemen and they’re still going to be at Liverpool playing well for another five years, so that takes them to 33-years-old by that time Wilson will be 26/27 at that time.
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“So yeah he’d be a brilliant addition to the squad for Liverpool and I think if he got in the team, he could do really well for the team, as he can create and score, but I just don’t see how he is going to dislodge them two in Salah and Mane.
“So for me, as good as it is to play for Liverpool and wait for your opportunity, his development might get stunted due to how hard it is to get in that Liverpool team.”
The 22-year-old winger registered an assist and scored a goal in Wales’ 2-0 win over Azerbaijan on Saturday and is currently spending his 2019/20 campaign on loan at Bournemouth.
Wilson has regularly featured for Eddie Howe’s side this season as he has featured in all but one of their Premier League games so far.
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