James Wilson has enjoyed a decent breakthrough campaign at Manchester United this year.
The 19-year-old has made 12 Premier League appearances including two starts and although he has only scored one goal, his general all-round play has been quite impressive and full of energy.
Louis van Gaal was willing to sell Danny Welbeck in order to promote Wilson to become his fourth choice striker but reports suggest Man United are willing to let Wilson leave on loan next season in order to gain regular first-team experience.
One thing about next season is certain when it comes to Wilson – he can’t be playing regular U21s football any more. He is already far beyond that level and it would stump his growth if he were only to get opportunities at that level. In that sense, a loan spell wouldn’t be a bad idea.
However, that’s as far as it goes because overall, it would be a poor decision to send Wilson out on loan. As United’s recent loan spells at Premier League clubs have shown, there’s no guarantee a loan move will provide regular game time (for example, Nick Powell at Leicester or Angelo Henriquez at Wigan Athletic).
You also have to consider the benefit of Wilson being in and around van Gaal’s coaching at United rather than being schooled by a different method altogether at another club.
With United’s strikers so out of form, Wilson will get another opportunity to impress sooner rather than later and although he might not yet be the regular starter he wants to be, it’s a matter of time if United’s strikers don’t improve themselves.
Wilson is one of the best talents United’s academy has produced in recent years and with the club looking so weak in attack, the last thing they should be doing is loaning out a young and hungry striker looking to break through, regardless of who comes in this summer.