Harry Wilson thinks a loan spell at Derby County will do him a ‘world of good’ and is determined to perfect Frank Lampard’s methods on the pitch.
The Rams signed the highly sought-after 21-year-old winger on a season-long loan from Liverpool on Tuesday.
Wilson drummed up interest over the summer after impressing on loan at Hull City in the second half of last season, scoring seven times in his 13 Sky Bet Championship appearances.
Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, highly rates the young wideman, and secured his services at the club for a further five years earlier this month. It was soon decided a loan at Derby would offer the best chance to aide his development.
In his first interview with RamsTV, Wilson explained why Derby was at the top of his list.
“In the summer my agent had a lot of interest and I had to sit down with him and Liverpool to go through the teams carefully and try to choose the best option for me,” Wilson said.
“We narrowed it down to a few teams, by the end of it we decided this would definitely be the right place for me to come.
“Knowing what a big club it is and such a big fan base, then coming here this morning and seeing the facilities and what the club is about, I feel that I made the right decision.”
Another big draw was opportunity to work under Lampard. Wilson, who, at 16 was the youngest player to appear for Wales, is eager to absorb as much as he can from the coaching staff.
In return, he vows to leave everything on the pitch for the Rams.
“He is a big attraction. Seeing the career he had as a player and the things he has done in the game is brilliant and I am looking forward to getting into training,” said Wilson.
“To be learning from him on a daily basis and the coaching staff and players here, I think it will do me a world of good.
“He has told me the way he wants his team to play and I feel I can be a great addition to that. When I get on the pitch it is up to me to listen to what he wants and try to perfect that on the pitch.”
Wilson honed his skill at Liverpool from Under-9s, climbing the academy ranks before loan spells at Crewe Alexandra and Hull. His reputation in front of goal and attacking style play makes him an exciting prospect for the Rams.
Eager to make his mark further in senior football, Wilson in excited to impress for Derby this season and help push for promotion.
“I like to think I am an exciting player. I like to play attacking football, like to move around the pitch, get on the ball and make stuff happen,” he added.
“I had a taste of the Championship at the end of last season up at Hull and I am ready for the challenge this year. It is a long, hard season but I’m hoping towards the end of the season we will be up there.”