Sunderland have spent most of the summer being rebuffed by their striker targets.
The likes of Eoin Doyle, Lyle Taylor and Gavin Reilly joined League One rivals rather than the Jack Ross revolution while they were pipped to the post by Hibernian for the prolific Swiss centre-forward Florian Kamberi.
James Wilson was another that got away.
The Sunderland Echo reported that the 22-year-old Manchester United striker was wanted on loan by Sunderland. But, in attempt to secure some much-needed game-time, Wilson has moved north of the border to Aberdeen instead.
And if you believe Clayton Blackmore, Wilson’s former youth coach at Manchester United, The Black Cats have missed out on a real talent.
“Some players get their breaks at different ages,” said Blackmore, who represented United between 1982 and 1994, told the Daily Record. “Look at Jamie Vardy, who took longer than most. Willo is better than Vardy for me.
“Maybe he’s not quite as quick, but he runs better with the ball and he’s two footed. James Wilson was the best 15-year-old I’ve ever seen. He was a fantastic finisher with his left foot as good as his right.”
‘Better than Vardy’. That is quite the statement considering that Leicester’s number nine has scored 57 Premier League goals in the last three seasons, as well as establishing himself as a key part of the England set-up.
But if Wilson fulfils his precocious talent at Aberdeen, Sunderland will be left kicking themselves.
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