Ah, the silly season is almost upon us.
Leeds and Reading set to go head-to-head for United striker Wilson https://t.co/RYj6Twje7l via @leaguepaper— Football Tweets (@twe_football) October 18, 2017
According to a few sources, including the Sun, both Leeds United and Reading FC are interested in taking Manchester United’s James Wilson on loan. Wilson is a striker, and given that Reading are finding it extremely difficult to score, it’s not surprising that they would be interested in the striker. But Leeds?
Wilson is a 21 year-old striker who previously played for Brighton & Hove Albion, scoring five goals in 25 appearances for the Premier League newbies when they were in the Championship in the 2015-16 season. Wilson also went out on loan to Derby County last season, but his progress was stalled after he suffered an injury, only appearing in four matches for Derby. He also has made 13 appearances for Manchester United during the 2014-15 season, scoring one goal. He’s said that he is now interested in going on loan after getting back to full fitness, but why would Leeds be interested in another Manchester United loanee makes no sense.
First, Leeds have a glut of strikers. Leeds brought in Caleb Ekuban, Pierre-Michel Lasogga, Paweł Cibicki, and Jay Roy Grot during the summer transfer window, with three of them coming in directly after the sale of Chris Wood to Burnley. Of those players, only Lasogga has gotten any regular time at striker and only Ekuban and Lasogga have gotten into the starting XI in the league. Grot is 21 and needs polishing, as evidenced by his limited match time. Cibicki has yet to even feature in the side, wondering many to wonder why he was even bought from Swedish champions Malmö FF if all he is going to do is sit on the bench.
Secondly, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson is sitting on the bench, not getting any match time. Why would Manchester United send another player to a club while another loanee of theirs sits on that teams’ bench without getting match experience? Now, Borthwick-Jackson doesn’t look like he deserves time at the moment, but still, clubs don’t make a habit of sending players to places where they won’t play.
Additionally, why would Wilson agree to a move to Leeds? He will likely not get a run into the first team, with the other players in front of him, and honestly, why would Leeds give him a run when there is already a more established striker in Lasogga already on loan and other young Leeds talent that needs the match experience?
This rumor doesn’t make sense. Leeds bought a ton of players last summer and “rumours” involving the club get clicks. Plus, you know, The Sun. I’ve eaten my words before, but I’ll be very surprised to see Wilson in a Leeds kit come February.