James Wilson explains decision to join Aberdeen on loan this season

James Wilson explains decision to join Aberdeen on loan this season

James Wilson has explained his decision to move north of the border to Aberdeen on loan from Manchester United this season.

The Englishman enjoyed a remarkable senior debut in May 2014, scoring twice against Hull City in a 3-1 win, and was used by Louis van Gaal during his first season at the club.

A series of injuries since then have dampened his form, setting in motion a spiral of loan spells at Brighton and Hove Albion, Derby County, Sheffield United, and now Aberdeen.

Speaking soon after finalising a loan deal with Aberdeen, Wilson noted how the exposure of the game in Scotland on television played a big role in his decision to head north rather than reenter the Championship.

“The coverage that the Scottish league is getting at the moment is really good,” he said.

“They’re getting plenty of coverage. I think one in every three games maybe is on TV this year, so I think that was a big thing for me.

“The crowds obviously that come into the stadiums are the same as you’d get in probably at a Championship game and overall it was just the right move, really.

“I’m in my last year at Man United now and hoping to put myself in the shop window.

“Obviously, short term, it’s to help the team do well. We’ve got two cups to play in and obviously the league to compete for, so I think that’ll be a big thing.”

Wilson’s last senior appearance for Man United came in October 2015 – a League Cup tie with Middlesbrough – and has now missed the consecutive pre-season tours with the club. Following a bright start to his United career, the 22-year-old is slowly fading into anonymity.

The number of injuries he has suffered between the age of 19 to 22 – a crucial time for shaping professional footballers – have hardly helped. Getting a full season under his belt with Aberdeen before officially leaving the club next summer will be the priority.

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