The winger has been a shining light for Fulham since joining from Liverpool and on Friday he not only got to watch the Cottagers climb through the ranks but also saw Wilson lead his old club closer to relegation
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Harry Wilson was at a crossroads in his career last summer.
The Welsh winger had just wrapped up a season on loan The Championship With cardiff This was his fifth stint away from the mother club Liverpool and then, at the age of 24, Wilson had to make a decision. After an impressive season for the Bluebirds, Wilson took his country to the belated European Championships, although it didn’t end the way he would have liked.
He made three cameos from the bench in the tournament, receiving a red card in his last act beating against Denmark in the round of 16.
There was much speculation about his future but eventually he severed ties with Liverpool and moved back to the Championship, this time with a freshly relegated club Fulham. They paid a huge fee – reportedly £12million. And it’s a decision that has paid off. It’s not just his new employers who are about to go First League back, Wilson is arguably in the best shape of his career. He has 10 goals in the league and a whopping 14 assists under his belt – the highest total in the top four divisions.
These numbers explain why Wilson is one in three players nominated for this year’s Championship Player of the Year Award, along with fellow Fulham Aleksandar Mitrovic and Bournemouth’s Dominic Solanke.
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Prior to this season, Wilson’s best performance had been during one of the aforementioned loan spells away from Liverpool when he spent the 2018-19 tenure at Derby. Ironically, Wilson’s Fulham are next on the cusp of a journey to take on the Rams, with both sides firmly heading in different directions.
While the Cottagers are destined for the top of the table, County head to League One after a troubled season. A reunion with one of his old clubs is sure to stir emotions for Wilson, who has played a huge part in Derby’s march to the play-off final this season. He scored 16 times as Frank Lampard’s men rose in the top flight in a single game.
This would prove to be a sliding door moment for the East Midlands side as troubles off the field would culminate in their current plight. Ahead of the two sides’ goalless draw in November, Wilson spoke of his affection for his old team. “I loved my time there from start to finish,” said the 25-year-old. “It ended on a bit of a sour note when I lost the play-off final, but I only have fond memories of my experience there.
“The fans, the way they treated me, the support they gave me was amazing and the team we had. I have found friends for life and people I am still in touch with today. I have nothing but happy memories of this place. It’s obviously sad to see a club where you’re so much in the situation that it’s in.”
With his stocks soaring again, you wouldn’t bet on Wilson hammering another nail in his old side’s relegation coffin on Friday.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/harry-wilson-fulham-derby-liverpool-26713527 Harry Wilson is finally fulfilling his potential three years after the magical Derby loan spell