Five goals in four, Leeds target James Wilson proving why Whites are considering loan bid

A general view of Elland Road Stadium prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Elland Road on October 17, 2015 in Leeds, England.

Leeds United are reportedly interested in signing Manchester United striker James Wilson on loan.

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...

When Leeds were linked with a loan bid for Manchester United striker James Wilson back in mid-October by The Sun, the youngster's form may have left many wondering why exactly the Whites were considering making an offer.

Wilson appears to have potential, but his last senior appearance came when Derby faced Leeds at Pride Park in October last year, and when The Sun's report came out regarding Leeds' interest, he had scored just once in the previous five games for Manchester United's under-23s.

Leeds United manager Thomas Christiansen during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Leeds United at Griffin Park on November 4, 2017 in Brentford, England.

Since then however, Wilson has enjoyed a much better run of form and provided much clearer evidence as to why Leeds would want to bring him to Elland Road on a temporary basis in January.

The 21-year-old has now scored five goals in his last four outings for the under-23s, including a brace in the 2-1 win over Swansea, and United's goal in the draw with their Manchester City counterparts at the weekend.

A general view of Elland Road Stadium prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Elland Road on October 17, 2015 in Leeds, England.

His form would not make him Leeds' first-choice if Thomas Christiansen managed to bring him in during the winter window. Pierre-Michel Lasogga has scored five goals despite coming in for plenty of criticism, while Kemar Roofe and Caleb Ekuban both shone in the weekend win over Middlesbrough.

But Wilson would arguably give Leeds an extra dimension to their attacking ranks that the likes of Jay-Roy Grot and Pawel Cibicki are arguably not providing right now. And after watching their season run out of steam last term, Leeds will know how important making some smart moves for in-form players in January could be - and Wilson is certainly in form right now. 

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