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INTERVIEW: Harry Wilson on Derby County and life in the EFL

The Liverpool loanee continues to make an impression for both Club and country...

20 October 2018

A young man in the spotlight - Harry Wilson's form for both Club and country has received many plaudits, but for the talented 21-year old, this is only the beginning...

Arriving at Derby County in the summer, despite his tender age, much was expected of the Liverpool loanee. It wasn't the first time in his professional career the Welshman had experienced life outside of Merseyside and in the EFL.

A hugely productive spell at Hull City last season, where he scored seven goals in just fifteen appearances, no doubt played a part in Frank Lampard's thoughts before Wilson became a Ram, albeit temporarily.

burgeoning Club career, with ever-increasing expectancy for Wales, you could forgive him for being slightly overawed - however, Wilson is simply enjoying playing his football in the EFL for Derby County.

He said: "I'm really enjoying my time here. When I spoke with the gaffer in the summer he told me how he wants his teams to play and I knew straight away it was the right Club for me.

"Ever since I've come in the lads have been fantastic with me, and I've settled in from the start. I think the stuff we've been playing recently has shown how far we've come already from the start of the season.

"It's massive that I am playing games week-in-week-out, it's what I wanted and it's why I moved out on loan. You get into a rhythm, Saturday-Tuesday fixtures most weeks, you feel strong and it can only benefit you."

Similarly to Wilson, Derby County boss Frank Lampard joined the Rams in the summer in what was his first managerial position since hanging his boots up from the playing side, and the winger has been impressed with the former Chelsea and England international.

"I think he is great. When you have a manager who has had the playing career that he has had, you try to take as much as you can from him. Any tips or advice you really try and take on board, and that is all the players, not just myself.

"He works really well with his coaches around him and you can tell that because the lads are really enjoying their football and coming to training."

With two goals so far this season for Derby, Wilson has also caught the eye on the international stage. After making his Wales debut in 2015, aged just 16, he is already an important part of Ryan Giggs' side moving forward.

A memorable moment for Wilson, his 25-yard free-kick gave Wales three points in the Nations League against the Republic of Ireland during the recent international break.

"It's a massive moment whenever you represent your country. I made my debut as a young lad, had a few years away when I was learning my trade, but now I'm back involved and playing games.

"We have a really young squad at the moment, with a few injuries - but it was a really nice moment to score in front of the Welsh fans." On the potential Gareth Bale comparisons, Wilson continued: "I just concentrate on playing an improving. Playing alongside Gareth you have to learn off him and when he is in the team it makes your job so much easier because he is such a good player."

Both Wilson and Derby County return to action this evening live in front of the Sky Sports cameras, as league leaders Sheffield United visit Pride Park in a potentially fascinating contest.

Despite taking on the early front-runners, Wilson is just looking forward to returning to Pride Park and pulling on the Derby kit once again.

He added: "It's going to be a tough game, Sheffield United are top of the league for a reason. I think the lads are looking forward to getting out there and playing after a little break.

"I've felt in recent weeks that our results have sometimes not been warranted by our performances, but it is about consistency and putting a good run together.

"It feels like it's been a while since we played here at Pride Park, and it's always nice to play in front of your home fans. Hopefully we can produce a good performance and get an important three points."

You can watch all the action from Derby County v Sheffield United live on Sky Sports Main Event and Football from 5:15pm.

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