Birmingham City are ready to bid for Manchester United youngster James Wilson for a season-long loan.

The young striker has been involved with the first-team under Jose Mourinho this pre-season, but ESPN claims Birmingham are planning to approach United for his services.

Mourinho needs to thin his squad ahead of the new season after several new arrivals and Wilson could be one name on that list.

Wilson will have strong competition for a starting place from the very beginning of the campaign with Marcus Rashford leapfrogging him in the striking queue last season and Anthony Martial, Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic all fighting for a place up front.

The 20-year-old spent last season on loan at Brighton, scoring five goals and might well feel he is better off seeking the first-team action elsewhere again this campaign.

It is reported that several Championship clubs have expressed an interest in taking the forward on loan.

After scoring twice on his debut for Manchester United against Hull many were talking about the young Englishman. Fans love forwards that have pace and are willing to run at players and Wilson has the ability to do just that. He can frighten defenders with his dribbling and direct style of play.

Wilson is an instinctive finisher and although he is predominantly left footed he can score with both feet. Although he often comes short to collect the ball his speed means that he is effective making runs in behind the defence as well so the defenders have to stay on their toes.

Although Wilson has a strong long shot his decision-making can sometimes let him down as he will sometimes opt to shoot from distance when he perhaps should be looking to keep possession.

However, an advantage Wilson has over many attackers is that he is hard working and never gives defenders a moment’s rest. This along with his other strengths stand him in good stead and many expect he will eventually make the grade at Manchester United.


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