Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has stated that he expects striker James Wilson to make a big impact on the first team in the near future, as originally reported by ManUtd.com.
The young striker made his debut for the Red Devils last season under caretaker manager Ryan Giggs, and scored two goals on his debut, as the Old Trafford club managed a 3-1 win against Hull City.
That initial form suggested there was more to come from Wilson, who has made nine appearances in the league this season under Louis van Gaal, starting many of those games.
However, Wilson has not continued his goalscoring form this season, and Radamel Falcao is likely to supplant him in the first team heading into the second half of the season.
Chris Smalling believes that more will come from him soon, however, having told the club’s official website that he believes Wilson has been putting in the effort in training.
When asked about the best player in training, he said: “I’d say James Wilson.
“He’s such a threat in terms of he’s always looking to run in behind.
“He is very quick and his finishing, while I wouldn’t say it’s surprised me, it’s just the consistency and how hard he strikes the ball and how well too.
“He’s been very good for a lot of this season in training and I think it’s only a matter of time before we really see him make a big impact.”