After an up and down start to the season for Derby County and Wales international midfielder Harry Wilson, the on-loan Liverpool player has been in fine form of late.
After suffering an injury early into the 2018/19 campaign, Wilson has had to play catch up as he looks to show his promising potential.
The winger, who suffered a groin injury early into the season, made his return to the starting line-up against Brentford towards the end of September and netted Derby’s opening goal of the game in a 3-1 victory.
Days later, he smashed a free kick into the top corner from 30 yards as he helped his side beat Manchester United at Old Trafford in the third round of the Carabao Cup.
His performances have continued to go from strength to strength and he has identified manager Frank Lampard as a key figure in that rise.
“When a manager has had half the career he has had then you are going to learn,” Wilson said. “I am learning every day in his training sessions and from his advice he has given out before or after games so I’m learning a lot.”
That free kick against the Red Devils has increased the Welshman’s profile, however, following his call up to the national squad to face Spain and the Republic of Ireland, does he expect to be on set piece duty?
“I think Gareth Bale is ahead of me in the queue - I don’t have that sort of authority yet,” he replied. “Any free-kick Wales get when he is on the pitch, he’s ahead of everyone and rightly so.
“If he isn’t on the pitch for some reason, I’d be putting my name forward but we do have a number of good free-kick takers. We’ll just have to see what we decide on the pitch when we stand over the ball.”
Wilson has a good understanding of the players around him. One of those, Mason Mount, has just been called up to Gareth Southgate’s England national team squad for the first time.
“He deserves his call-up to the England squad,” Wilson admitted. “He has virtually played every minute of every game at Derby so far this season, performed well scored a few goals too for the team.
“I live with Mason and he’s a great lad. As we’re living together we have spoken about international football and obviously football in general. He’s a talented player and I am sure he will do well if he gets the chance to play during these matches for England.”