Liverpool winger Harry Wilson scored in Hull City‘s 3-0 victory away to Ipswich Town on Tuesday night, as he proves his quality at senior level.
Wilson joined the Championship side after signing a new long-term contract with the Reds, and made his debut as a second-half substitute in a 2-1 loss to Preston North End.
It didn’t take long for the 20-year-old to score his first goal, though, netting on his first start, in a 2-0 win at Nottingham Forest.
He suffered a shoulder injury in a heavy 4-0 loss to Chelsea in the FA Cup, but has returned on top form after a three-game spell on the sidelines.
Since then, Wilson has been in stunning form, scoring two and assisting two in his last three games in the English second tier, including the winner in a 4-3 victory over Norwich City.
His most recent effort came at Portman Road, with the Wales international volleying home at the back post from Ola Aina’s cross on the way to a comfortable win over Ipswich.
Wilson has now score three goals and laid on a further two in six games for Hull, averaging a direct goal contribution every 71.6 minutes.
This would have been even more impressive (down to 59.7 minutes) had David Meyler converted the penalty he won while picking up his injury at Stamford Bridge.
Regardless, taking to Twitter after Tuesday’s game Wilson expressed his delight at another goal and another win:
Great 3-0 win tonight away from home @HullCity !! Solid performance from the team?? happy to get another goal?? away support????
— harry wilson (@harrywilson_) March 13, 2018
He was also praised by former Liverpool U23s coach Michael Beale, as well as Reds supporter Meyler:
Wilo has scored again. @harrywilson_ ??? https://t.co/7GdSP4zfJL
— Michael Beale (@MichaelBeale) March 13, 2018
Happy to be back out there with the lads tonight. Important 3 points. Well done @henrixmarkus and @jarrodbowen_ on your goals @harrywilson22 is on ?Safe trip home #hcafc @adidasUK pic.twitter.com/ckcA6F2oyX
— David Meyler (@DavidMeyler) March 13, 2018
And the Hull Daily Mail rated Wilson as an eight out of 10 for his performance, praising how “for a player of such inexperience in the senior game his confidence on the ball continues to surprise.”
It certainly comes as something of a surprise to see the Wrexham-born youngster settle in so quickly at Hull, given his previous lack of experience.
Before his maiden outing against Preston, Wilson has played seven times on loan at Crewe in 2015 and just 25 minutes in his only appearance for Liverpool to date.
He has consistently delivered at academy level, however, and in the first half of the campaign he scored 12 and assisted 10 in 16 games for the Reds’ U23s.
His ability to transplant this quality to the Championship bodes well for the future, and the hope will be he is able to prove this at Liverpool in the future.
Signing a new deal in January is an encouraging sign for the youngster, although his lack of opportunities under Jurgen Klopp may be an indicator of the manager’s reservations.
Shining away from Merseyside can only be productive, however, and may convince Klopp he is deserving of a first-team place next season.