Wilson shows off close-range finishing as impressive league campaign continues
Sept. 21, 2019
Harry Wilson ’s strong start to his debut Premier League season continued with another impressive goal for Bournemouth at Southampton on Friday.
The on-loan 22-year-old has featured in five of the opening six games for the Cherries, four of those coming as a member of the starting XI.
Wilson has started strongly for Eddie Howe’s side and already has two thunderous strikes from outside the box to his name, and he further endeared him to the Bournemouth faithful against Southampton – but this time with a tidy finish from close range.
The winger lined up alongside Callum Wilson, Joshua King and former Red Dominic Solanke in a four-man attack on the south coast, but it was central defender Nathan Ake who opened the scoring for Bournemouth with a headed finish early in the piece.
The Liverpool loanee did not take long to follow suit having doubled his sides’ lead when he saw his perfectly timed run into the box picked out by Philip Billing.
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Wilson tucked the ball away with a composed first-time left-foot finish across the ‘keeper which helped Bournemouth secure their first-ever win at St Mary’s.
It was not plain sailing, however, as while the Cherries had made the most of Southampton ’s struggles in the first half, a spot kick converted by James Ward-Prowse in the second set up a nervy finish.
The Wales international was withdrawn from proceedings with 63 minutes on the clock and watched on as his namesake Callum Wilson capitalised on a stoppage time mix up between Jan Bednarek and Angus Gunn – not too dissimilar from Virgil van Dijk and Alisson ’s blunder against Fulham last season – to seal a famous 3-1 victory.
The result sends Bournemouth to third in the table with all other teams yet to play, but importantly for Liverpool, Wilson was handed more valuable minutes on the park in the topflight.
He now has three goals to his name in his 313 minutes of Premier League action and has shown that he can compete at the highest level following his impressive Championship stint with Derby last term which returned 18 goals in 49 appearances.
While his long-term future with Liverpool remains to be seen, it’s safe to say his time with Bournemouth is already reaping its rewards and Reds will be keeping a close eye on his development as the weeks and months pass by.
There’s no doubt he has the raw talent and ability, the challenge now is to sustain his level of output throughout the entire season to ensure Jurgen Klopp has something to think about come 2020/21.