Former Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper and England international Paul Robinson encouraged West Bromwich Albion to steal a march on Fulham and win the race for Liverpool winger Harry Wilson in an interview with Football Insider.
Wilson is a well-established international for Wales but hasn’t made his way since graduating from the Merseyside Club Academy in Anfield – and Liverpool are now ready to take advantage of the broad man having loaned him out on multiple occasions.
For the past three years, the 24-year-old has impressed with Derby County, AFC Bournemouth and most recently Cardiff City with a fixed-term contract.
Wilson enjoyed a full season of Premier League football at Vitality Stadium in the 2019/20 system – but was deadliest in the championship – enticing the recently relegated duo Fulham and West Brom to join the race for the winger, who also said should be his interesting Portuguese club Benfica and the new front runner Brentford.
The Baggies, who sacked Kamil Grosicki and Kyle Edwards this summer, could potentially benefit from this signing as the 24-year-old scored an impressive seven goals and 12 assists in 37 championship games for Cardiff last season.
One possible move that could make this deal possible despite its £ 15m price tag is the likely sale of Matheus Pereira. Baggies boss Valerien Ismael has resigned himself to losing the Brazilian this summer and could potentially invest that money back in Wilson after placing a £ 30m valuation above his head.
Former England goalkeeper and football insider expert Paul Robinson has described this potential move as “great” despite having reservations about Ishmael’s style and the Liverpool winger’s adaptation to it.
Speaking to the point of sale, Robinson said, “Wow, that would be great now if they could do it.
“He would be a good replacement for Pereira.
“It just depends on how the coach wants to play. I’m not sure Harry Wilson fits the style Ishmael wants. We saw him play at Barnsley last year and because of that I think the other clubs mentioned would be a lot better suited to Wilson.
“I think he’s a top footballer. But when I look at how Ismael Barnsley played last season, I can’t see how that works. I can’t imagine West Brom being the best fit for Wilson. “
Goal’s Neil Jones says Marco Silva’s Fulham is currently set to lead the race – but Pereira’s likely exit could change the game in this transfer saga.
This may not be the best deal for Wilson considering the Baggies return to the championship and Ishmael’s style of play, but he would be an ideal replacement for Matheus Pereira if he leaves The Hawthorns this summer.
The West Brom manager is likely to change things up before next season to preserve the unpredictability required to succeed in the championship – and could easily adjust his system to get the most out of Harry Wilson when he comes this summer Comes to the West Midlands.
Getting the most out of their Barnsley squad was what made the Tykes meteoric last season. So there is no reason why he cannot do this again despite the high expectations.
The price is currently a stumbling block, however, and they have to sell Pereira or goalkeeper Sam Johnstone before they even think about charging an eight-figure fee for Wilson.
In the past few months, the EFL has begun cracking down on financial mismanagement that is hindering many second division clubs. Because of this, West Brom must first think about his finances before making an offer for the 24-year-old.