Cardiff City manager Mick McCarthy has claimed he will not spend big to replace outgoing winger Harry Wilson when he returns to parent club Liverpool at the end of the season.

The Welsh international has enjoyed a stellar campaign in South Wales, scoring seven and assisting 11 in 36 Championship games, another fruitful loan spell capped off with a scintillating hat-trick against Birmingham City last weekend which essentially proves that he is ready for sterner challenges.

The 24-year-old also impressed at Bournemouth in the Premier League last season, leaving many people surprised when he dropped down to the Championship once more this campaign.

Approaching his mid-twenties, it is time for Wilson to either challenge for first-team football at Anfield or hang his hat elsewhere. McCarthy believes he can have a good crack at the former, but surpassing Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah is a job easier said than done.

All this is to say that replacing a winger of Wilson’s talent would require a hefty transfer sum for Cardiff, so McCarthy has instead turned towards his current squad in search of a replacement.

The former Republic of Ireland manager said: “Jonny Williams is a perfect replacement. Rubin Colwill is as well, actually, that’s where he played in the under-23s and he’s more than capable.

“Is he Harry Wilson? No, he’s not, because he’s not been to Hull and Derby and Bournemouth and Cardiff in the Championship, but I’m not actively going out seeking for one of those.”

In a transfer window expected to be devoid of big spending, McCarthy’s comments should perhaps come as no surprise. However, with promotion firmly in mind next season, one such player will have a daunting task on their hands to replace an outgoing winger with so much talent.

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