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James Wilson enjoyed a remarkable two-goal Premier League debut in the final home game of the 2013/14 season against Hull City and has battled back from a couple of long lay-offs.
After being sidelined for a lengthy spell when his loan stint at Derby County was cut short in 2016/17, he proved his return to fitness by accompanying the Reserves and Academy squads on a pre-season trip to Austria and impressing everybody with his performances on the training pitch and attitude off it. "He’s a great ambassador and has led the way,” said Under-23s coach Ricky Sbragia. “Young players should look at that and take great encouragement from him." Starting the season at Under-23s level, he did what he does best – score goals and was leading marksman for the team despite departing in January. Eight goals in 13 games was an impressive return and he was particularly prolific in the Premier League International Cup. With 16 outings for United’s senior side, the first given to him by caretaker boss Ryan Giggs, he has also had loan experience with Brighton and Derby County in the Championship, before his most recent switch to Sheffield United. After making his debut in the derby clash with Wednesday, he soon got off the mark for the Blades, in a win over Norwich City, but that proved to be his only goal from eight league appearances. After returning to United, he featured during pre-season and played in the Under-23s' league opener against Fulham, before joining Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen on 13 August on loan for the 2018/19 season. He'll be keen to take the next step in his career north of the border, during what is his fourth loan spell, and show the sort of form that has already yielded a goal for England’s Under-21s.