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I’m fairly sure that neither Mal or Wilson have completed a full 90 mins yet. I’m not bothered by that myself, but it does automatically take up some of the sub options if they will need to be taken off whatever the situation is. Particularly Wilson I think is one hard tackle away from injury, so I’m happy to take him off when he tires. No point running them into the ground.

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I am sure the idea was Rodney and Wilson to start, then Proctor to come on for Wilson late on. But since Proctor has been playing so well it now looks more apparent when Wilson comes off because it’s not going to be someone else holding the ball up and playing it into space for Rodney. 

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Within the first 20 mins on Saturday he'd setup Proctor for his volley by being sharper than anyone else in the box and winning a header against two defenders, and again was sharper than anyone else to offer for a quick throw and then fire a wicked ball across the 6 yard box which first Smith and then Cass were unable to stick in the back of the net. He does stuff like this every single week and is only getting better as his confidence builds. 

You don't see many players at this level who do things before the crowd sees them. Wilson is one of those players, as shown by his excellent goal on Saturday. He's going to be a great asset in League One next season, too. 

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1 hour ago, 1 said:

I’m fairly sure that neither Mal or Wilson have completed a full 90 mins yet. I’m not bothered by that myself, but it does automatically take up some of the sub options if they will need to be taken off whatever the situation is. Particularly Wilson I think is one hard tackle away from injury, so I’m happy to take him off when he tires. No point running them into the ground.

We have a strong bench when everyone is fit. Happy for DC to use them to bring on fresh legs or different options.

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Everything I've seen from Wilson this season tells me he's a class player. He has a real footballing brain - his positioning, sense of where other players are, how and when to make a pass and how to place it. Hopefully, he'll now go on to show us he can finish too. No wonder Clarke's first comment about him referred to his undoubted pedigree.

It's easy to forget though, as someone recently pointed out, that he hasn't played much football over the last five seasons - about 12 games per season. So it's no wonder that he's never built up real match fitness and stamina. I also think he's deceptively quick and I think someone posted a clip on here showing that he was the fastest player (or one of them) at United.

His control is also exceptional for a player at this level so the key to exploiting his potential must be to play it to his feet, either deep or in the box. As Conlon gets back to his best and his partnership with Proctor gels, my bet is it's all only going to get better. So, fingers crossed, let's hope we'll see a few more like these:

 

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Wilson is class act and a very genuine person judging from his interview from Saturday. For me technically the best player at the club, even better than Condon.

I was a little sceptical when we signed him thinking he could be a big time Charlie like McKirdy, however the work rate has been exceptional. He has ran himself into the ground every game. Hopefully he will now start to get the rewards and score a few more goals.

I posted before I really think he has the potential to be our X factor this season. I can't see him ever being a great goalscorer but a scorer of great goals to turn games in our favour and someone who will create assists. A modern day Tony Naylor.

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I tend to agree with a lot of these comments. He is a clever player with a very good first touch and an awareness of space.  The issue at the moment is that he struggles to complete 90 minutes and seems to have lost some of his pace (which was electric in his younger days). 

He does work hard for the team and it's nice to see both players and fans supporting him to the hilt so hopefully a long run of games will help him improve his fitness.

The partnership between him and Proctor is developing nicely.

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You don't come through at Utd and score for them in the premier league without having something about you.

He's had a few years of injury trouble, and a few years under managers that didn't particularly want him in there team (Van Gaal, Mourinho).

However he's back home, starting regular and gaining fitness for a manager who made he his prime target last year and is known for man management. He's also only 25 so plenty of time to kick on from here.

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I'm pleased to have started this thread as I have learned more about what he brings.

I'm seriously excited about having a player of his calibre playing for Vale.

It's been a joy to read the many positive comments.

Thank you 🙂

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He has improved in the last few games, which demonstrates he has been working hard and wants to improve. So that has been so encouraging to see. 
 

The early games, especially the away ones he clearly lacked confidence and didn’t seem to want it. The fact he has been able to change that attitude when so few have for us in the past shows a desire to win. 

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He has improved in the last few games, which demonstrates he has been working hard and wants to improve. So that has been so encouraging to see. 
 
The early games, especially the away ones he clearly lacked confidence and didn’t seem to want it. The fact he has been able to change that attitude when so few have for us in the past shows a desire to win. 


Think it's a little harsh personally to suggest that he didn't seem to want it. Never seen that myself. For me, he's maintained a consistent level of performance that, even at its worst, has been streets ahead of 99% of the strikers we've had over the past 5 years
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On 20/09/2021 at 12:29, 1 said:

I’m fairly sure that neither Mal or Wilson have completed a full 90 mins yet. I’m not bothered by that myself, but it does automatically take up some of the sub options if they will need to be taken off whatever the situation is. Particularly Wilson I think is one hard tackle away from injury, so I’m happy to take him off when he tires. No point running them into the ground.

My thinking exactly! And, while we have decent replacements, let's use them wisely...protect Wilson a bit (for whatever reason) and still give other players game time - it's actually a really good situation to be in. And his goal against Harrogate - he had some work still to do when he got the ball! 

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