Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder delighted with James Wilson’s goalscoring debut

by Leo Nieboer

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has heaped praise on James Wilson after the youngster scored on his debut for the Blades during a 2-1 win over Norwich City.

Wilson only played four games for Derby County on loan from Manchester United last season before suffering ligament damage in October and returning to Carrington.

He joined up with Sheffield earlier this month and, just six minutes into his debut, swiped home from a corner to set up an important win for the promotion hopefuls.

Speaking after the game, Wilder was quick to praise Wilson for the way he conducted himself after such a prolonged period on the sidelines.

“The lad, like the rest of the lads out there, worked ever so hard,” he said. “He tired towards the end, as you would expect because he’s not had much senior football this season. He’s fit and he says he feels good but, as his fitness improves, so will his displays.”

The last two years have been difficult for Wilson to say the very least: just one Man United appearance in that final season under Louis van Gaal and then a couple of largely forgettable loan spells since. He has, like so many before him, struggled to hammer home the impressive start he made to his career.

But the task at Bramall Lane this season gives Wilson a new lease of life, with the Blades currently occupying a playoff spot. Above anything, this will be a test to see if Wilson, still only 22, can deliver in pressure situations and cope with the sheer onslaught of life as a Championship player.

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