Earlier this month, the news broke that James Wilson would be loaned out to a Championship side this season, with a recall clause to allow United to bring him straight back if needed. This was disappointing for fans, who were beginning to question Van Gaal’s commitment to youth, particularly in the wake of Januzaj’s loan to Dortmund.
It has now emerged that Wilson will be staying in Manchester, according to a BBC report quoting Wolves boss Kenny Jackett:
“The information is he’s not available. Manchester United are keeping him for the time being.
“There has been a number of clubs who have enquired about him and at one stage they had been saying perhaps he could go.”
What can we read into this? Is Rooney going to be out for longer than expected? Has Van Gaal had time to assess Martial and decided he needs other options? Has he abandoned the idea of starting with Fellaini up-front?
Whatever the logic, I’m happy if Wilson stays. He has been compared to a young Andy Cole and his speed and goal-scoring instincts could be great assets if we’re behind and need to change the dynamic of a game.
His current contract expires in June 2017 – hopefully over the next couple of seasons, he will get the opportunities needed to prove his credentials as a future first-team regular.