world by recording a 2-1 win over United in the League Cup, an outing that would evidently attract the attention of Sir Alex Ferguson.
14 months later, the then-boss signed Wilfried, telling reporters: “As we like to do, we sign young players with potential. We can also develop players well here. That’s proved to be the case many times. Hopefully the boy will enjoy it coming here when he eventually does join us in the summer.”
Shortly before, his development and promise had caught the eye of England manager Roy Hodgson, who decided to hand the youngster his first international debut during a friendly defeat to Sweden in November – suggesting a bright future for both club and country lies ahead.