Manchester United striker James Wilson believes a spell on loan at Brighton and Hove Albion is the best move for his development.
Wilson joined Brighton on Thursday, with the deal set to run for the remainder of the campaign, although Man United did include a re-call option.
The youngster insisted Brighton is the best club for him to continue his blossoming career.
“There were a lot of clubs interested, but there was only one horse in the race for me. It’s a brilliant club, brilliant facilities, and I think the style of play will suit my game, so that was the basis behind my decision,” Wilson said.
“You have to think ‘How can I develop as a player?’ Manchester United agreed that it was a good move for me to go out on loan. There were a lot of good clubs that came in for me but once Brighton were mentioned, I’ve been monitoring them, because they’ve been doing well in the league.
“I’ve watched a few of the games when I can, so it was an easy decision for me really. I asked Jesse Lingard [who was previously on loan at Brighton] for some advice too, and about what it was like here. He told me it’s a great club.
“Everyone I’ve spoken to has said it’s a brilliant set-up and a brilliant club, with a great bunch of lads.”
The decision to let Wilson leave was an odd from United. Louis van Gaal waited until now to okay the move, rather than at the start of the campaign.
As it happens, Wilson is at Brighton, where he should get regular minutes on the pitch in a competitive league. It will be a good place for him to flourish, as opposed to warming the substitute’s bench for United. Van Gaal is now short of options up top but he will be glad that the club inserted a callback clause into the deal if the worst happens and Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial get injured.