It may not have been enough to get Derby to the Premier League in the end, but there can be no doubting that Harry Wilson’s performances for the Rams last season have done his individual prospects a huge amount of good.
Wilson was one of The Rams’ standout performers last season during a season long loan from Liverpool, helping Derby to reach the Championship play-off final where they were ultimately beaten to the final Premier League place for last season by Aston Villa.
The midfielder’s contributions were seemingly so significant, that one of the sides Derby beat on their way to that play-off final, are now said to be keen on securing Wilson’s services for themselves.
According to Football Insider, Leeds have now made an approach to bring Wilson on loan to Elland Road for next season.
So what would Wilson bring to Leeds? Here, Football League World puts the spotlight on the 22-year-old to find out.
One thing that Wilson would evidently bring to Leeds is a fresh attacking impetus, something they seemed to need badly at times last season.
Only the attacking trio of Kemar Roofe, Patrick Bamford and Pabloe Hernandez averaged more shots per game than Wilson, although no one in the Elland Road squad matched the Welshman’s tally of 16 goals in a game.
With four assists and an average of 1.3 key passes per game, Wilson also appears to be on a par with the majority of the other members of the Leeds squad in terms of his creativity, with only the mercurial Pablo Hernandez way out in front of Wilson in both of those categories.
Wilson could also add an additional threat to Leeds when it comes to set pieces, with the Welshman being fouled on average once a game more than any of Leeds’ current squad, which would further increase the opportunities to put balls into the area, or as Wilson himself showed with spectacular results on several occasions last season, test the opposition goalkeeper from distance in a dead ball situation.
It may not be easy for Leeds to secure Wilson’s signature, but if they do, then the confidence of securing promotion to the Premier League going into next season will surely be higher than it already is.