“I’ve been in a city of superstars. It gets boring to be on top.”

For most of the 21-year-old’s 18-month career as a professional with Manchester United, he’d been a wonderkid regarded by some as the world’s most-hyped young footballer. Now, looking back at it, on what that first loan spell, and also to what extent he has managed to break into the first team, James Wilson says he would easily be on the right-wing of any list of the world’s best young players. (Which is where he’s now playing for Leicester City — but that’s another story.) For the sake of his career and sanity, he knows he needs to embrace this new path. His father always told him that playing for Man United was a career-ender. At the same time, the “hard lessons” given to him by David Moyes may have softened him to the harsh realities of Premier League football. So Wilson, who has had his share of injury problems, has settled on being more than just a traditional striker. “The center forward position is where the team is created,” he says. “I also like to play on the left wing and I’ve played up there in cup games.” As for scoring, that depends on his confidence. As a striker, he admits, “if the chance comes, you have to grab it.”

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