Manchester United striker James Wilson is one of 10 young players who have been backed by the world’s greatest footballer, Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.
Messi - with a little help from adidas - has identified the 19-year-old as a potential star of tomorrow, along with the likes of talented Germany Under-21 international Timo Werner and Chelsea duo Kenedy and Jeremy Boga, per the Mirror.
adidas have released a new video, featuring mini interviews with the 10 chosen ones, and you can see it by scrolling a little further down this page.
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In the video, Wilson says: “My greatest career achievement so far: I’ve managed to score for the Under-18s, Under-19s, Under-21s and eventually the first team.”
Indeed, Wilson burst onto the scene at the end of the 2013-14 campaign, when Manchester United’s then interim manager Ryan Giggs handed the livewire striker his debut against Hull City. He responded by scoring two goals in a 3-1 victory, cementing his status as one of the most exciting youngsters at Old Trafford in the process.
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Wilson should have been sent out on loan
United boss Louis van Gaal handed Wilson 17 opportunities to impress last season, but the England Under-21 international only managed to score two goals in return.
Wilson was expected to gain some valuable experience out on loan this season with a Championship club - a temporary move to Derby County was mooted at the end of the summer transfer window - but a deal failed to materialise.
Martial arrival could be bad for Wilson
The teenager has subsequently found it difficult to break into United’s starting line-up - particularly with £36 million summer signing Anthony Martial performing so well - leading to renewed speculation about a temporary move away from Old Trafford when the transfer window re-opens in January.
If Manchester United manage him right, Wilson will become a major star - he appears to possess all the tools required to become an all-round striker - but it’s imperative that he plays regularly, anywhere, at this crucial stage of his career.
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