James Wilson's big-game Manchester United mentality should make Leeds optimistic

Thomas Christiansen, Manager of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Leeds United at Ashton Gate on October 21, 2017 in Bristol, England.

January Leeds target James Wilson hasn't scored prolifically for Man United in the Premier League 2 but he saves his strikes for the big occasion.

James Wilson of Manchester United celebrates scoring the second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Hull City at Old Trafford on May 6, 2014 in...

James Wilson set the bar high with his senior debut back in the spring of 2014. The Manchester United youngster scored twice in a 3-1 win against Hull City but, since that dream start to his professional career, Wilson has struggled to hit the same heights.

The 21-year-old has only scored another two goals in United’s first-team and loan spells in the Championship with Brighton and Derby didn’t exactly go to plan. Wilson found the net just five times in 27 games for the former while his temporary move to the latter was ended after just four appearances thanks to a knee ligament injury.

James Wilson of Derby during the Sky Bet Championship match between Burton Albion and Derby County at Pirelli Stadium on August 26, 2016 in Burton-upon-Trent, England.

With Leeds United willing to give the England Under-21 international another chance in the Championship then, according to The Sun, Wilson has a lot to prove. The striker is currently featuring regularly for Man United’s reserve side and admitted recently that he would be open to the idea of another loan in January.

Man for the big occasion?

Though Wilson’s form at Under-23 level won’t exactly set Leeds’ fans pulses racing. He has just two goals in six appearances in the Premier League 2 in 2017/18.

Beyond the initial statistics, however, and there is a reason for Leeds fans to be cautiously optimistic. Wilson has not scored at a prolific rate this season but he has saved his strikes for the big games.

James Wilson of Manchester United sees goalkeeper Tomas Mejias of Middlesbrough gather the ball after an attack during the Capital One Cup Fourth Round match between Manchester United and...

Wilson netted in a 2-2 draw with Chelsea last month and also scored against Liverpool on Monday night, although this was not enough to prevent United falling to a 3-1 home defeat which means they are now winless in seven games.

Leeds missed out on the Championship play-offs last season after falling apart in the business end of the season. Supporters, then, would hope that Wilson brings this big-game mentality to Elland Road if he arrives in January.

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