Man United’s James Wilson joins Derby County on loan for the season

by Sam Peoples

Manchester United have confirmed that James Wilson will join Derby County on a season long loan.

The club’s official website has said the 20-year-old will go straight into Nigel Pearson’s squad for their upcoming games.

Speaking about the move to Derby’s official website, Pearson said: “We’re delighted to have agreed to bring James Wilson on a season-long loan.

“I hope that this loan deal will prove to be mutually beneficial for all parties and I would like to place on record our thanks to Manchester United for allowing James to join us. He is an energetic player who will add to our existing attacking options.”

Last season, Wilson scored five goals in 11 starts on loan at Brighton & Hove Albion but there will be concerns over whether this move will be entirely beneficial to him.

As far as I’m concerned, a loan was inevitable after the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic but I am very worried his loan spell at Derby could turn out to be ultimately non-beneficial to him much like the Brighton loan was. I hope I am wrong.

Wilson’s a top quality player, nobody should forget that; in the U18s and U21s he was like Adnan Januzaj, Andreas Pereira and Paul Pogba – a real cut above the players around him. Could that potential be unleashed on loan? Potentially but it has to be the right sort of loan for him.

Derby could be excellent but equally so Pearson could give him limited opportunities. If it turns out to be the former, then it might be the boost Wilson’s career needs but if it goes wrong it might mark a turning point which sees him leave United on a permanent basis next season.

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