Andre Wisdom – Time To Improve Or Move On?

Full Name: Andre Alexander Shaquille Wisdom 

Born: Leeds, 9 May 1993

Height: 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)

Weight: 78 kg (12 st 31 lb)

Playing position: Defender 

Youth career:

Bradford City (2004 – 2008)

Liverpool F.C. (2008 – 2012

Senior career:

Liverpool F.C. (2012 –) 21 appearances, 1 goal 

Derby County (2013 – 2014, on loan) 38 apps, 0 goals

West Bromwich Albion (2014 – 2015, on loan) 24 apps, 0 goals 

Norwich City (2015 – 2016) 13 apps, 0 goals

International career:

A number of youth caps for England U-16, U-17, U-19, U-21


England U-16: Victory Shield (2008) 
England U-17: UEFA U-17 European Championship (2010)

Honoured individually as he was named in UEFA European U-17 Championship Team of the Tournament (2010) 
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In the summer of 2015, Brendan Rodgers still being the manager of Liverpool, Andre Wisdom signed a new long term contract with Liverpool, then went to Norwich City on a season long loan deal. This Is Anfield web site posted up an opinion piece on Wisdom’s loan spell last season: In our mid-season look at Wisdom’s first half of the campaign, Norwich City fan Gary Gowers labelled his opening period “a little underwhelming.” 

Fortunes failed to improve thereafter for the former West Brom loanee, who endured an even more unproductive second half to the season, making for an extremely disappointing season. Having featured just 10 times in all competitions up until January, he found game time even harder to come by from that point on, failing to impress enough in his outings at right-back – or briefly at right wing-back – to hold down a regular place. (…) Speaking in December on his future, Wisdom said: “My future is definitely back at Liverpool because that is my dream and that is what I want to achieve” before revealing Jurgen Klopp encouraged him to get as much experience as he can and enjoy his football. But having failed to impress at a lower Premier League club for the second year running, Wisdom’s dream should be just that, with it clear that he no longer has a future in L4. (This Is Anfield: May 25, 2016)

Ahead of the U-21 European Championship qualifying matches, England U-21 manager Gareth Southgate announced Andre Wisdom as his captain, believing he would still be the best leader of the team he had just inherited. 
Brendan Rodgers was very keen on signing Andre Wisdom in June 2016. “Celtic were locked in talks with Liverpool on Sunday night over a £3million move for Andre Wisdom. Brendan Rodgers has identified the versatile defender as the first piece in his Parkhead rebuilding programme. Celtic made their initial move on Saturday and Sportsmail understands negotiations were still ongoing on Sunday night to secure the transfer of the 23-year-old.”(Daily Mail, June 6, 2016)

Rodgers may no longer take so much of an interest in Wisdom, as he has signed Kolo Touré on a free transfer already. Jürgen Klopp hass given Wisdom a go in some pre-season friedlies. Wisdom didn’t play well. All eyes were on Simon Mignolet after AS Roma’s second goal in St. Louis. Simon Mignolet didn’t manage to emulate Jerzy Dudek a fantastic double-save – Istanbul style – but in all honesty, along with a few other Liverpool players in the box, Wisdom really did no defending at all as two Roma forwards were stood right in front of Mignolet, being under no pressure by no one close by, Wisdom being the closest player of them all. Andre Wisdom then got another chance to prove his worth against VFB Mainz 05. Once again, Wisdom was among the players with the most errors made. Liverpool lost 0-4, mostly due to very bad defensive work.

The one thing that comes in Wisdom’s favour is his versatility as a defender. He can be a back-up for Nathaniel Clyne on the right back even though his preferred position is centre back. At his age (23 years old) I believe he should move on to a different club. Jordon Ibe and Brad Smith have both been sold to Bournemouth. Both of them will certainly come as good additions to the Bournemouth first team. Joe Allen has signed for Stoke City, and will certainly be a first team regular for his new club. Andre Wisdom could do well elsewhere, but last season’s loan spell with Norwich City really did nothing good for him as he failed to impress anyone as he played for another Premier League club than Liverpool.

One year ago Andre Wisdom signed a new contract at Anfield. With both Joël Matip and Ragnar Klavan having been signed this summer, it certainly doesn’t look as if Klopp and the coaching staff at Melwood have a lot of belief in Wisdom’s abilities. He is still a Liverpool player, but he will not be a first team regular for the Reds in the short term. He will remain a back-up option to make use of if we should have two defenders out with injuries at the same time. Wisdom’s next problem is, no other club than Celtic has shown any real interest in his services. Only time will tell what might happen to Andre Wisdom. He will not happily sign for a Sky Bet Championship club, even though it doesn’t look as if he has the quality needed to play for a Premier League club.

I believe this will be Andre Wisdom’s last season as a Liverpool player, and that Wisdom should sit himself down and talk to his agent about his future career as a football player.

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