Andre Wisdom has impressed many people so far during his time in and around the first team at Liverpool having burst onto the scene last season in a 5-3 Europa League win over Young Boys – which included a fine headed goal.
A further 21 appearances later for Liverpool’s first team it appears that he will be playing his football away from Anfield this season at Pride Park for Derby County.
Wisdom does have a lot of attributes that could see him develop into a top class player. He’s strong, good in the air and from a lot of his performances at right-back, he comes across as astute in terms of his positioning.
Naturally he is a centre-back, he has had a couple of appearances for the Reds at the heart of the Liverpool defence, and it’s where he plays when he captains the England Under-21 side.
Manager Brendan Rodgers has made no secret of his desire for Wisdom to get some regular games under his belt, and given the queue of defenders there are ahead of him this season, it looks unlikely that he will see much more action this season in a red shirt if he stayed at Anfield.
At the age of 20, Wisdom is nowhere near the finished article – though he has some encouraging sides to his game there are things he needs to work on.
Though his positioning has looked fairly sound when playing on the right side of the defence, in the middle there have been a couple of times when he has been caught cold – Notts County in the League Cup this season, and in the pre-season friendly against Celtic. Against Celtic especially his acceleration looked a little slow but that may be down to it still being pre-season and he hadn’t got up to speed at that point, but it is certainly an area for him to look at.
The Championship is a hard league, full of some strong and technically very good players. It’s a good mix for Wisdom which he will relish, and a run of games at a good level will give him the opportunity to improve himself further and return to Merseyside a more rounded player.