Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Long Term Transfer Target Ready To Quit Manchester United: Why Leeds United Should Be All Over Him

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Anirban Sarkar
Anirban Sarkar is a former columnist of The 4th Official. A huge East Bengal fan and has travelled over 1000 miles to see his team in action.

Manchester United forward James Wilson is very keen to move out in the January transfer window to prove his fitness. The 21-year-old spent significant time on the sidelines having injured his ligament when he was on a loan spell at Derby County.

He was one of the in-demand players in the summer but he chose to stay back with the Red Devils to continue his rehabilitation. But now, he has regained his full fitness and wants to test himself in a different platform to prove his worth. Currently, this path to the first team is blocked by the likes of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial and this could be the main reason why he wants a temporary exit from the club.

Leeds United have been pursuing the player and his interest to leave the club could give Thomas Christiansen a food for thought. Leeds’ shining start to the season has given the supporters a reason to cheer this term but recent form has left them in a lurching position following their three straight defeats.

Christiansen would be needing some quality players in January and he could opt for the Red Devils’ striker. Wilson has a good scoring record at this age and could form a formidable partnership with Pierre-Michel Lasogga at Leeds.

United already have Cameron Borthwick-Jackson on loan at Leeds and Wilson could be the second player to follow the path. On being asked if he is planning a move in January Wilson replied, “I don’t see why not. Obviously, the summer transfer window has gone and there was a lot of interest. But the staff all came to an agreement that I would stay until January to build on what I’ve already worked for.”

A permanent move is not on the cards as Mourinho is likely to give the player a run of matches to see if he can match his expectations. The Portuguese manager doesn’t have many forward at his disposal barring Romelu Lukaku as Rashford and Martial have been deployed on the flanks, so he definitely would like to give Wilson a chance to bring him to shape.

But as of now, competitions is very fierce at Old Trafford, so the Portuguese gaffer might reconsider a short-term loan spell for Wilson. The forward has appeared for the U23 side and is ready for full-fledged action. A short spell at Leeds will definitely help him to progress in his career so the Whites should formally lodge an offer. But do you think they can get the best out of him?

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