Manchester United forward James Wilson is set to join Championship side Fulham on loan for the season. According to reports, both have agreed the terms of a loan deal and the striker will be playing in Fulham’s colours next season.
Wilson is said to be looking to gain more first team opportunities after not been included in Jose Mourinho’s squad for the new season.
The England Under-21 international is not favoured by Mourinho and the new united boss is said to be keen on loaning Wilson out so he can gain more first team experience.
The 20-year-old spent the majority of last season on loan at Brighton & Hove Albion where the youngster scored five goals in twenty seven appearances as the Seagulls narrowly missed out on promotion.
Wilson was brought through the club’s academy and signed as an academy scholar back in 2012. His efforts on the field for the under-18 were to be rewarded as he signed his first professional contract with United on his 17th birthday.
As the goals continued to flow, it wasn’t too long later before the united hierarchy started to become aware of Wilsons talent and the youngster was officially handed his senior debut by club legend Ryan Giggs back at the end of the 2013/14 season in the final home game fixture against Hull City, where the striker netted twice in a 3-1 victory at Old Trafford.
Since then however he has found game time hard to come by, more often than not finding himself in and amongst the united reserves rather than the first team.
The arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic this summer would always make first team chances even harder to come by for the forward, making Wilson fall even further down the pecking order at Old Trafford.
A move to Fulham may turn out to be a turning point in Wilson’s career. At Craven Cottage he will get the chance to feature week in week out and play in a very competitive league. Yes he has played at that level before last season but the fact he is giving himself another chance to do so deserves respect itself. He could have chosen the easier option and stayed at United getting the odd appearance here and there in the domestic cup competitions or the reserves, but instead he has decided once against to go out and challenge himself once again and that alone deserves some recognition.
Whether or not we see Wilson again in a united shirt remains up in the air. Hand on heart he probably isn’t good enough to make the grade here at Old Trafford, but one thing that cannot be took away from the youngster is that he has given himself a proper chance of making a name for himself in the game. Whether he makes it or not he has given it a go and that’s what counts.