One winger that was unable to make his mark in Jurgen Klopp’s squad was Harry Wilson who left the club during the recent summer transfer window. Wilson was never able to make an impact at Liverpool, leaving on loan spells away with Hull, Derby, Bournemouth and Cardiff. He exited in a permanent move to Championship club Fulham in a deal worth a reported fee of £12m on a five-year deal.
Having dazzled in the Championship, it was Fulham who gave Wilson a fresh start in the summer. It is fair to say that Wilson hasn’t failed to meet those expectations so far. Fulham have won only one of their last four games, but their start to life back in the Championship has been largely impressive. Marco Silva’s side have secured six wins from their first 11 matches, and currently occupy fifth spot in the Championship table. Wilson has featured in eight of those matches, scoring three goals and producing as many assists in a Fulham shirt.
Wilson has been starting on the right flank for Fulham and has been a threat to the opposition from the same flank. The heatmap indicates that while Wilson has been pushing up when his team are in possession, he also tracks back the opposition’s attackers when they have the ball and constructing an attack.
The above visual shows us the shot map for Wilson so far in the season. Wilson has scored three goals in his eight outings for Fulham. Wilson is a left-footed player and playing on the right flank gives him the chance to cut in from the flank and attempt shots on the goal. Wilson has quick feet and can make space for himself in order to take a shot.
The pass map for Wilson shows that he has been really comfortable on the ball playing a lot of passes and to a lot of areas on the pitch showcasing his wide range of passing. Harry Wilson has played a number of long diagonal passes to switch the wing and create space for his players. He has a high xT from the passes he has attempted in the final third into the penalty area.
The young midfielder has provided six goal contributions so far with the three goals and assists he has provided for his team. Because of this, he has a high expected goal contribution of 5.8 so far and also has an expected goal contribution of 0.74 per 90 minutes.
To summarise we can see that Wilson’s attacking stats so far this season have been higher than most of the players in the league. Wilson has recorded 0.38 goals per 90 minutes and is better than 93% of the players in the league. Wilson has attempted approximately five dribbles per game and has taken 4 touches in the penalty area per 90 minutes. His wide range of passing and direct approach towards goal has helped him put up impressive performances for Fulham.
He is a key player for a team which are expected to be fighting for automatic promotion come the end of the season. When he is at his best, he is undoubtedly one of the dangerous players at this level, and it is all about playing to his strengths. Fulham will be hoping to recover from a recent dip in form. Only four points have been picked up from their last four games, and they have tailed off slightly in the race for automatic promotion. Wilson will be hoping to stay free from injuries and keep on performing to a level his manager expects him to perform to.