Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata was full of praise for James Wilson after his young colleague found the net against Cambridge in the FA Cup.
The former Chelsea star told Talksport:
“James has a great future ahead of him,
“Everyone can see he has a great left foot, it’s incredible the way he can finish. His touch is good and he is quick as well; he has everything to succeed.
“He will have to be patient because there are a lot of other players in the team, but I think he can be very important to the club in the future.”
Wilson struck nine minutes after his introduction from the bench to land his fourth senior blow for the club.
The previous three had come in Premier League action over this season and the last and the boy from Biddulph is now even money to snare himself over 3.5 top-flight goals in 2014/15.
It remains 73/100 that the 19-year-old fails to bag a further three times in league action this term, perhaps due to the limited time on the pitch he is being afforded.
Thus far he has managed a single strike in two starts and nine substitute appearances from a possible 23 outings, totalling 316 minutes of football.
However, Wilson has now struck twice in his last four outings for the Reds and that, along with Mata’s words of praise, is sure to boost his confidence.
Furthermore, he struck twice on his Premier League debut in the final home game of the previous campaign, suggesting that one match against moderate or demotivated opposition could be enough to see him land the even money.
United have had a tendency to gorge themselves on goals at Old Trafford of late, hitting three goals in five of their last seven on home turf.
With Burnley, Sunderland, Aston Villa and West Brom all visiting the ‘Theatre of Dreams’ before the end of the season, Wilson should have ample opportunity to hurdle the 3.5-strike line.