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In Focus: Aston Villa move for James Wilson a no-brainer for all parties involved

According to reports in the Daily Express, Aston Villa could launch a January move for young Manchester United striker James Wilson as manager Steve Bruce looks to overcome an attacking injury crisis.

What’s the word, then?

Well, Villa striker Jonathan Kodjia looks set to be out for months after undergoing surgery on an ankle problem, while teammate Scott Hogan is also currently on the sidelines following an operation on his stomach.

With Gabby Agbonlahor also on the sidelines it has left Bruce with 19-year-old Keinan Davis as his only centre-forward option right now, and he is likely to dip into the transfer market in the New Year.

However, the Daily Express says that Financial Fair Play restrictions mean that he is only likely to be able to bring in a new striker on loan, and someone like Wilson could fit the bill following his struggles with United.

What is Wilson’s situation?

The attacker looked to have a bright future at Old Trafford when he burst on to the scene in the 2014/15 campaign with two goals in 17 appearances in all competitions, but the 21-year-old hasn’t played for the Red Devils since 2015 and has had unsuccessful loan spells with Brighton and Hove Albion and Derby County since.

The second was ended early when Wilson suffered a serious knee injury that saw him sent back to United for treatment, but he has got back on the goal trail for the U23s this term with three goals in seven appearances, and a loan move away in January looks to be on the cards.

Would he be a good signing for Villa?

He certainly would be.

The 21-year-old looks to have recovered from the serious injury he suffered just over a year ago and he looks to have rediscovered his touch in front of goal.

While his spells with Brighton and Derby may not have gone to plan, he obviously has something about him to be so highly-regarded by Manchester United and Bruce could give him the first-team minutes he needs to continue his development, hopefully scoring and helping the Midlands outfit to promotion in the process.

Article title: In Focus: Aston Villa move for James Wilson a no-brainer for all parties involved

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