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Graphics: Three systems James Wilson could play in at Derby County

Derby County are said to be one of 20 clubs interested in signing James Wilson on loan from Manchester United.

According to the Daily Mail, Derby County are one of 20 clubs interested in signing Manchester United starlet James Wilson on loan when the window opens on Wednesday. 

The East Midlands side were one of the highest spending clubs in the Championship this summer and bolstered their frontline with the likes of Andreas Weimann, Darren Bent and Tom Ince. 

Nevertheless, according to the Daily Mail report, Paul Clement is keen on adding another forward to his side to challenge the likes of Chris Martin and Bent as he looks to put the finishing touches to his squad for a promotion push. 

We take a look at three systems Clement has already used with the Rams this summer, and look how Wilson could potentially fit into his plans should he sign. 


If the former Real Madrid assistant manager looks to utilise record signing Bradley Johnson in left midfield, where he featured the majority of the time for Norwich last season, a 4-4-2 formation could work well as he could play alongside Martin upfront.

Wilson, who is a very gifted finisher, could thrive alongside Martin as the former Norwich man is an excellent provider of goals, as well as scorer. The partnership, on paper at least, looks to have good balance as Wilson can provide the energy and pace to compliment Martin's target man characteristics. 


As he was developed through the academy as a wide midfielder, Wilson could also be utlised by Clement in a wide-attacking position similar to Ince and Russell. 

He has the pace to get beyond his man and can hit the target from outside the box at an impressive rate. Nevertheless, should Clement look to utilise him in this area, he should expect the 19-year-old to take sometime to adjust due to it not being his natural position. 


Although Clement has used a 4-4-2 formation with the Rams this season, he has largely opted for one upfront and a five man midfield. 

If Wilson is to play the lone striker role, he will look to play on the shoulder of the last defender, so he will need three attacking midfielders near him to help him challenge the defence and look to supply him with chances. 

Jacob Butterfield, Johnny Russell and Ince are all creative players and could potentially get the most out of Wilson. However, unless Martin is injured, it's unlikely to see Wilson take his place in the side and this formation could ultimately see him land a place on the bench. 

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