James Wilson: Brighton loan move came as a shock to the system

by Abhishek Chaudhuri


Manchester United starlet James Wilson insists his loan move at Derby County has taught him plenty this season.

The 20-year old feels better equipped to play in the Sky Bet Championship after he was loaned out to Brighton and Hove last year.

He made his first start for the Seagulls against Charlton Athletic and helped his side win 3-2 with a cracking goal, he went on to make 27 appearances, scoring five goals helping his team reach the play-off semi finals.

Wilson admitted playing for Brighton was a shock to the system at first as he was not accustomed to demanding schedule, but insists he is confident enough to help Derby this campaign.

“It was a good loan spell (at Brighton). I didn’t know what to expect when I first went down there with it being my first move, but I have an idea this time around,” he said.

“The Championship is a physical division and there is a greater demand with the amount of games that there are.

“It was a shock to the system at first last year. I had played a few first team games for Manchester United and there is a big difference to that.

“We want to be winning games. We want to try and get Derby back to the Premier League where it belongs. Those are the expectations of the club.

“If you look at Manchester United, the demand is to win every game. Derby is quite similar, despite being in a different division.”

Whether Derby make it to the top flight this season remains to be seen, but it’s brilliant to see his confidence rise heading into the new season.

His loan move at Brighton was relatively successful and hopes are he is able to pick up some much-needed experience before slotting back into the United side.

Wilson wouldn’t have been able to pick up any game-time at Old Trafford this season and his move to Derby is an excellent stepping stone in his development.

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