Teddy Sheringham: James Wilson can score 20 goals a season

by Ben Topliss

Former Manchester United striker Teddy Sheringham believes James Wilson can score 20 goals a season if Louis van Gaal regularly plays him in the first-team.

After making his senior debut under Ryan Giggs at the end of last season, Wilson has gone on to become Man United’s fourth-choice striker for Louis van Gaal.

The youngster made the substitute’s bench for the Premier League clash with Tottenham Hotspur last weekend before scoring in the U21s 2-1 victory over Everton on Monday.

Sheringham says he has been impressed by Wilson and that he will flourish if given an opportunity by van Gaal.

Speaking about Wilson, Sheringham said: ”I really like James Wilson. It’s a shame for him that Radamel Falcao and Robin van Persie are in front of him.

Louis van Gaal said recently that he doesn’t have a striker who can score 20 goals a season, but I think if you put Wilson up there with Wayne Rooney then you’d have two players who can reach those figures for you.

“He’s very direct, scores goals, has good pace and that added bonus of being a left-footer – they always tend to catch defenders off guard and it always looks more special when the left-footed strike goes in. I like his attitude, he looks a good player, a good prospect and one that everyone needs to keep an eye on.”

It’s a bold claim by Sheringham but no-one associated with the club is doubting Wilson’s talent.

Van Gaal also has faith in the 19-year-old having told him that he was ahead of Danny Welbeck in the pecking order at United prior to the latter’s departure from the club last summer. However, with United facing some hugely important fixtures it is unlikely that he will be given a chance towards the end of this campaign.

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