Andre Wisdom Loan to Derby Makes Sense for Liverpool Premier League Hopes
Brendan Rodgers had been looking to loan the 20-year-old at the end of the transfer window, but an injury to Glen Johnson put that plan on hold.
In Johnson's absence, Wisdom started the next fixture at Swansea but clearly didn't do enough to impress the boss at right-back, being subbed for Kolo Toure after 69 minutes and since then not used.
Rodgers preferred to try, unsuccessfully, Toure as right-back in the next match at home to Southampton and since then has changed to three at the back.
With the arrivals of Toure, Mamadou Sakho and even Tiago Ilori, along with experienced centre-backs Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger, Wisdom isn't likely to find opportunities in his preferred centre-back position.
Wisdom's talent isn't in question, and Rodgers clearly rates him, as quoted by Sky Sports:
When I came Andre had been at centre-half but he has the physical and technical capacity to play full-back.
The modern day full-back has a lot of the ball and has to have strength, pace and power - well Andre has that.
The youngster was recently named England Under-21 captain by new boss Gareth Southgate, and he impressed at centre-back for Liverpool in preseason.
Wisdom has the technical and physical attributes to be a quality centre-back. He's quick, strong, good in the air and comfortable on the ball. What he really needs now is regular appearances to gain experience, a vital ingredient for a defender.
Can't wait to start at Derby :-))))— andre wisdom (@andrewisdom47x) October 21, 2013
Hopefully, Liverpool's loan of Wisdom will be with the requisite that Derby play him as a centre-back, not right-back where he deputised last season as he broke into the first-team squad.
Derby are a good fit for Wisdom too, as he'll be coached by Steve McClaren there.
McClaren may have a bad reputation for his time as England manager, but he remains highly rated for his coaching ability and will be an excellent educator for Wisdom. The former Middlesbrough manager had been first-team coach at QPR prior to his appointment at Pride Park.
Good move for Wisdom to go to Derby. He's top good for the Championship but 1st team action is far more important at this stage.— Michael Sweeting (@M_Sweeting) October 21, 2013
Derby will be a good outside bet for promotion to the Premier League this season.
Of course, it's also been reported how Liverpool's deal with Derby could act as a sweetener ahead of a January move for their reported target, midfielder Will Hughes.
Liverpool have a host of players currently out on loan but, as discussed previously on B/R, some of those are not featuring for their loan clubs. Indeed, Michael Ngoo and Joao Carlos Teixeira have returned from their respective spells at Yeovil and Brentford early. I wouldn't expect this to be the case with Wisdom, instead he will become a regular at the Midlands club.
Derby are getting a good player for their promotion push, while Wisdom is going to get the experience and regular football he needs to possibly further his own career at Liverpool in the future. A great move for all involved.
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