James Wilson is rated as one of the best current prospects at Manchester United.
The 18-year-old striker has already been drafted into the fringes of the first team ranks at the current Premier League champions and he’s been in great form for the youth teams this season with ten goals from the under-21 Premier League and the UEFA youth League.
Such is Wilson’s potential and talent at the club, he could make David Moyes’ transfer work a little bit easier this summer.
If Wilson progresses rapidly, he could be pushing the likes of Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez for first team squad places by the end of the campaign, setting him up well for pre-season and next year.
That would give Moyes a collective of five strikers including Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie for him to fall back on meaning that United don’t have to focus on forward signings unless an important player leaves the club.
Therefore, that allows Moyes to focus entirely on improving the midfield further and his toughest job this summer, replacing Nemanja Vidic in the centre of defence.
The midfield still seems a little short and when Moyes continually finds himself playing Juan Mata and Shinji Kagawa in wide midfield roles, something is definitely missing.
Replacing Vidic will be an almighty task because not only is he a great defender, he’s also a real leader in the back four and someone who has the ability to inspire players both young and old.
Had Wilson not progressed the way he has done, Moyes may have been tempted to invest in young, attacking players this summer to try and kick on the youth ranks to produce another player like Welbeck or Rooney.
That would have taken time, focus and cash away from the boss improving areas of the side that require more immediate attention.
Wilson has everything needed to become a first team regular for the club; great with both feet, able to play on the shoulder of the defence and drop off and he can be effective in a poaching role or looking to be creative from outside the penalty area.
Eventually he’ll come into the first team on a regular basis because he looks like a really special talent. The only problem he creates is who Moyes lets go when that time comes.