If an episode of Family Fortunes posed the teaser question ‘Who is James Wilson?’, the top answer may well be “one of the founding fathers of the USA”, while a new set of golf clubs would be a special prize for Auntie Enid for suggesting he is a key character in the TV show House.
If brother-in-law Jacob was to say “a young talented striker at Manchester United”, a life would probably be lost and a big cross added to the in-play screen.
However, ask the same question in another 12 months and Wilson may well have upgraded to the top of the tree, given the growing possibility that he will be on the brink of first-team opportunities from next season.
With Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck absent for the trip to Newcastle, Wilson found his rise through the classes at Man Utd complete as he was added to the first-team squad, even though he was an unused substitute.
Welbeck and Rooney are expected to return for the second leg of the Champions League quarter final with FC Bayern Munchen, with Man Utd 117/20 to progress to the last four.
Wilson’s strides have certainly been giant this season earning a promotion from the under-18s to the under-21s, for whom he helped himself to a hat-trick against Wolves.
But a recent goal for the reserves has what has been the key reason for his new-found fame, with David Moyes himself on parade to see the strike against Aston Villa.
Man Utd coach and former utility man Clayton Blackmore has told the club’s website that “it is only a matter of time before Wilson breaks into the first team”, while indicate that “at 15 he is the best I have seen at finishing”.
Direct and two-footed, Wilson certainly looks to have a bright future in a Man Utd squad that already has a fairly young feel to it.
Adnan Januzaj needs no introduction, while the likes of David De Gea, Phil Jones, Danny Welbeck and Juan Mata are no older than 25.
Other potential unknowns that may be closing on first-team opportunities are Reece James, a defender that is likely to win Man Utd reserve player of the season and fellow defender Tom Thorpe, who has been on loan at Birmingham.