On-loan Manchester United striker James Wilson today insisted he can deliver the goals to fire Aberdeen to success.
The 22-year-old announced his intent just six minutes into his first full Aberdeen start with a vital goal to dump Motherwell 1-0.
The former England Under-21 international is confident that will be the first of many goals during his season-long loan from the Premier League giants as he bids to make Aberdeen and the Red Army “proud”.
With Aberdeen having struggled to net from open play so far this season Wilson accepts the heat is on to be a regular scorer.
It is pressure he is confident he can handle having recovered from hamstring and thigh injuries that had hampered the start to his loan deal.
Wilson is set to lead the line again tonight against Hibs in the League Cup quarter-final and aims to take a step closer towards securing a winner’s medal during his time in Scotland.
He said: “I don’t put too much pressure on myself but the pressure (to score) is nothing new and I try to deal with it as best I can.
“If I can keep scoring goals the pressure will lift as I go on.
“I know I have the talent to do that and hopefully it will show in the upcoming weeks and months.
“I aim to do the best for the team while I am here.
“We are in the League Cup and will definitely try to win that.”
There is precedence for Wilson scoring goals on his first starts.
He netted a double on his Manchester United debut under interim Old Trafford boss Ryan Giggs in a 3-1 defeat of Hull City in May 2014.
The following season new Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal was so impressed with Wilson he tied him up on a four-year deal which expires at the end of this term.
However, the following season he fell out of the first team picture and was sent on loan to Brighton – where he scored on his first start. He did the same with Sheffield United this January.
He said: “I have got a bit of a name for myself for scoring on debut starts as I have scored in most.
“I scored on debut starts for Manchester United, Sheffield United my home debut and Brighton as well. It was a good feeling to score in front of the home crowd.”
Prior to his start at the weekend injuries had restricted Wilson to a second-half substitute’s appearance in a 1-1 draw at Hibs.
He had been ruled out of three games by injury.
Wilson said: “I had been here a few weeks now and only managed to get 30 minutes at Easter Road a few weeks ago where we are going in the League Cup.
“It’s going to be a very different game trying to get into the semi-final. Being out was really frustrating as I had not been in with the lads training that much.
“However, I am starting to build a relationship with everyone so I am looking forward to it.
“It was a little hamstring and then a thigh strain that I have just come out the back of. I got the nod from the gaffer against Motherwell and did my bit.”
Wilson played for 60 minutes before being substituted to a standing ovation from the Aberdeen fans. Just how close is he to full match sharpness and fitness?
“It is just round the corner,” he said. “Getting the 60 minutes is a good building block for me and I am trying to build on that and do the team and the fans proud.
“The fans were great and I really appreciated the reception I got when I came off. It was good to repay them with the win.”
Wilson, who played 20 times for the Manchester United first team and scored four times, partnered Sam Cosgrove in attack against the Steelmen.
He said: “I played up with Sam who was brilliant to hold up the ball and flick balls on for me.
“As the relationship goes on the pitch I think we can link up very well. We also have Stevie (May) who can come in and we are all playing our part.
“It is a good position to be in.
“Results hadn’t gone our way in recent weeks and we are just happy to get back to winning ways.
“Hopefully we can carry that forward.
“It was a big thing for us to keep a clean sheet against Motherwell. After going a goal up early in the first half we were a bit under the cosh at times.
“It was credit to the rest of the team that we all did our bit.”