Brighton And Hove Sign James Wilson On Loan
Manchester United forward James Wilson completed a loan move to Brighton & Hove Albion on Thursday, giving him the chance to continue his development with more consistent playing minutes.
The Seagulls confirmed the news on their official website, via Paul Camillin. Manager Chris Hughton said there were a number of other clubs interested in his services:
James is an exciting young striker, and we hope that this move will prove to be very good for all parties involved.
He is very highly thought of at Old Trafford and he has been in and around the first-team picture at Manchester United since Ryan Giggs gave him his debut the season before last.
There was a huge amount of competition from rival clubs to sign James on loan and it has been another great team effort to secure his signature.
According to Jason Burt of the Daily Telegraph, Wilson should relish the chance to work under Hughton:
James Wilson to Brighton is a cracking signing for Chris Hughton, mind. And he's a great coach for the striker to work under.
— Jason Burt (@JBurtTelegraph) November 26, 2015
Wilson is a product of United’s vaunted academy and has been touted as a future great after impressing with the youth sides in the past few seasons. He made his senior debut at the end of the 2013-14 campaign against Hull City, marking his arrival on the biggest stage with two goals.
Under manager Louis van Gaal, he saw little playing time in 2014-15, however, scoring one Premier League goal in two starts, per WhoScored.com. He’s played just a handful of Premier League minutes this season, explaining why Van Gaal has sent him out on loan.
The decision to temporarily get rid of Wilson leaves United short on available options at the forward position. Wayne Rooney remains the obvious starter up front, but behind him, the only real option the Red Devils currently have is Anthony Martial, who signed during the summer and has impressed early.
The Daily Mail’s Oliver Holt isn’t too happy Van Gaal has decided against giving the youngster a chance to prove himself an asset:
With Wilson now unavailable in the short term, one has to assume the Red Devils plan to bring another forward to Old Trafford during the January transfer window, adding some much-needed depth to a squad that has struggled scoring. According to WhoScored.com, four of their last seven matches have ended in scoreless draws.
The 2014-15 campaign didn’t produce the big break many were expecting for Wilson, but the teenager will now have the chance to continue his development with Brighton, who have made a flying start to the 2015-16 campaign.
The Seagulls are currently tied for first place in the Championship, and the addition of Wilson only increases their chances of gaining promotion to the Premier League.
Van Gaal doesn’t seem to trust Wilson’s ability to make an impact for the Red Devils at this point in time, but if he finds his shooting boots down south, the youngster will make the Dutchman see the error of his ways before long.