Danny Mills claims Liverpool winger Harry Wilson is facing an “incredibly difficult” challenge to forge a future at Anfield despite his form at Bournemouth.
The former Leeds and England defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that while the 22-year-old has impressed on loan, he could struggle to make the step up for his parent club.
Wilson, who is a Welsh international, has scored six goals in 13 Premier League appearances for Eddie Howe’s side this season, including a brace against Tottenham on Saturday.
With so much talent at Jurgen Klopp’s disposal already, Mills has cast serious doubt over whether Wilson will ever make the grade on Merseyside.
“It’s so, so difficult for these players, these young players who are doing very well away,” Mills told Football Insider.
“Can he get into that team, where does he fit into that? You’ve got Oxlade-Chamberlain in there, Adam Lallana, Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Keita coming back – it’s such a difficult team to get into.
“He’s doing incredibly well, clearly he’s got fabulous quality, especially from set-pieces as we’ve seen on occasion. All he can do is keep playing well and let’s see what happens at the end of the season, but to break into that Liverpool side is going to be incredibly difficult.”
Wilson has played just once for Liverpool’s first-team since coming through the youth ranks at Anfield, turning out for 25 minutes against Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup.
Last season saw him score 18 goals and chip in with six assists at Derby County, helping the Rams to the Championship play-off final.