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In profile: Harry Wilson

AFC Bournemouth AFC Bournemouth

Harry Wilson has signed for AFC Bournemouth, but what has he done in his career so far?

The afcb.co.uk team have gone in-depth to look at the 22-year-old's impressive career to date, including some broken records, stunning free-kicks and international prowess.

Academy prospect

First signing for Liverpool as a member of the under-9s squad, Wilson has been part of the set-up on Merseyside for 14 years.

Impressive performances saw the winger become a full-time member of the academy aged just 15, being promoted again after just one season to the under-18s squad. 

A first professional contract came in 2014, with Wilson then being part of Liverpool’s 30-man squad for their pre-season tour of Thailand, Australia and Malaysia.

The youngster was rewarded with another new contract in 2016 and wouldn’t have much longer to wait for his senior debut, replacing Philippe Coutinho in a 1-0 FA Cup win over Plymouth in the season that followed.

Loan moves

Wilson has been out on loan at three different clubs, starting with a brief period at Crewe Alexandra aged just 18, before spells at both Hull City and Derby County.

Signing for the Tigers in January 2018, the Wales international experienced his first taste of the Championship, making his debut just three days after signing against Preston.

A first professional goal came in his second appearance for the club, netting in a 2-0 away win over Nottingham Forest.

Impressing further, Wilson won the club’s Player of the Month award for March, as well as the Championship’s PFA Player of the Month award for April, ending his spell at Hull with seven goals in 13 league appearances.

After signing a new five-year contract with Liverpool following a notable spell with Hull, Wilson then joined Derby on a season-long loan in the summer of 2018.

Playing regularly from the off, a first Rams goal came in September’s 3-1 win at home to Brentford, before he went on to bend home a 30-yard free-kick against Manchester United in the League Cup three days later.

An amazing 18 goals across the season told the story of Wilson’s time at Derby under Frank Lampard, and he also played in the play-off final where they narrowly missed out on Premier League promotion to Aston Villa. 

Despite not reaching the Premier League, Wilson had announced himself on the domestic scene.

International career

Wilson’s talent shone through from the moment he represented Wales in the Victory Shield at under-17 level, with manager Chris Coleman immediately impressed. 

Consequently, aged just 16, he was included in the first team squad for fixtures against Macedonia and Belgium, making his debut against the latter and becoming the youngest ever player to play for Wales, beating Gareth Bale’s previous record by 108 days.

The accolade also saw Wilson become Liverpool’s youngest international aged just 16 and 207 days, none other than Raheem Sterling holding the previous record at the age of 17 years and 342 days.

A first international goal came in March last year, with the now 22-year-old scoring against China in a 6-0 win.

He's a regular in the side along with new team-mates David Brooks and Chris Mepham.

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