Liverpool winger Harry Wilson scored his third goal of the season for loan club Derby County on Wednesday night, doing so in stunning fashion.
The Rams took to the Hawthorns for a high-profile clash that could have a major influence on the race for promotion to the Premier League.
Frank Lampard has overseeing an excellent start to the campaign at Derby, with two players to arrive on loan on the same day, Wilson and Chelsea‘s Mason Mount, key to this rise.
After a difficult spell out with a groin injury, Wilson has hit top form in recent weeks, and netted two incredible free-kicks in quick succession for club and country.
While his latest effort came from open play, it was almost as impressive, as he helped the Rams on their way to a 4-1 victory over West Brom.
The 21-year-old had already laid on a goal for countryman Tom Lawrence to double the visitors’ lead following Jack Marriott’s opener, before space opened up 25 yards out in the second half.
Picking up the loose ball, Wilson surged forward and powered a left-footed strike beyond Sam Johnstone to make it 3-0:
Derby added another through Scott Malone, with Jay Rodriguez’s late goal a mere consolation as the two sides ended the night level on points in fourth and fifth.
Wilson has now scored three and assisted two in 11 games for the Rams this season, averaging a direct contribution every 155.2 minutes.
Interestingly, Lampard fielded the Wales international in a central midfield role in the West Midlands, alongside Mount, and after the game praised their defensive play.
Wilson isn’t the only Liverpool loanee to have been in action in midweek, with Herbie Kane and Corey Whelan also taking to the field on Tuesday night.
Whelan started at right-back against former loan club Yeovil Town, in a game that ended 1-1 at Huish Park after the Glovers’ Alex Fisher cancelled out Crewe’s opener through Jordan Bowery.
“We’ve come a long way, we’ve got a point, it could have been none, so we have to take the positives,” he told Cheshire Live after the game.
“I’m gelling well with the lads now. It can take some time to adapt but I feel very much at home.
“It’s good to be around the lads every day and learning off some of the more experienced pros can only help me.”
Ben Woodburn was again left out of the matchday squad for Sheffield United’s 1-1 draw with Stoke on Tuesday night, while Shamal George was an unused substitute for Tranmere.