For the first time since his loan spell came to and end at the back end of the 2018/19 campaign, Harry Wilson is set to face his former club Derby County on Tuesday evening.

AFC Bournemouth v Cardiff City - Sky Bet Championship
BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 24: Harry Wilson of Cardiff City during the Sky Bet Championship match between AFC Bournemouth and Cardiff City at Vitality Stadium on February 24, 2021 in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by Robin Jones – AFC Bournemouth/AFC Bournemouth via Getty Images)

The 23-year-old, who can play on either wing or as an attacking midfielder, signed on loan for the Bluebirds at the start of the season with Liverpool deeming him surplus to requirements.

The Rams were also believed to be interested in re-signing the Wales international, but a move never manifested in the end.

Between his Derby and Cardiff spells, Wilson played a season of Premier League football with AFC Bournemouth where he scored seven goals in his 31 league appearances – in reality, not a bad return for a player in his first full top flight season, especially plying his trade for a side who were to be relegated.

AFC Bournemouth v Southampton FC - Premier League
BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND – JULY 19: Harry Wilson of Bournemouth during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Southampton FC at Vitality Stadium on July 19, 2020 in Bournemouth, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Robin Jones – AFC Bournemouth/AFC Bournemouth via Getty Images)

Since dropping back into the Championship, as he was unable to find another Prem suitor, the ex-Ram has hit the back of the net on just four occasions in his 26 league appearances, but has added assists to his game, hitting double figures with ten so far this season.

Despite his 14 goal contributions, it’s not all been easy sailing for Wilson since Mick McCarthy’s appointment.

 

He spent the first match of McCarthy’s reign on the bench against Barnsley, being told he must impress in training before breaking back into the team after falling behind fellow Liverpool loanee Sheyi Ojo in the pecking order.

Failing to reclaim his spot on the wing, the Welshman was selected as an attacking midfielder a couple of games later against Bristol City and hasn’t looked back since.

Wilson has played and started the last seven games in his new role, an unbeaten spell for the Bluebirds in which they have recorded six wins and one draw, the draw coming in their latest fixture against Middlesbrough.

Aston Villa v Derby County - Sky Bet Championship Play-off Final
LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 27: Harry Wilson of Derby County during the Sky Bet Championship Play-off Final match between Aston Villa and Derby County at Wembley Stadium on May 27, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images)

During his stay in the East Midlands, the youngster recorded 15 goals and three assists under Frank Lampard as Derby reached the Championship play-off final.

He missed out on a return to Pride Park in this season’s reverse fixture, one of two matches he missed with a muscle injury.

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