Youth Team Captain Determined To ImpressYouth team captain Macauley Wilson says Marcus Rashford's current success at Manchester United has given him further motivation to impress at Blackpool.
The right-back, 18, spent time playing alongside the striker while on the academy books at Old Trafford and was thrilled to see his former team-mate make the grade.
“I was playing with Marcus for about seven years so I know him well and I was buzzing when he scored those goals in the Europa League and Premier League," Wilson revealed.
"It gives me even more motivation to try and get a regular spot of first-team football at right-back, or wherever the team needs me.”
Wilson, a boyhood Blackpool fan, was named in 'The 11' by the League Football Education in December, in recognition of his achievements on and off the pitch. He has scored 12 goals for Ciaran Donnelly's side this season, including two hat-tricks, and was recently offered professional terms.
“Most games I’ve come into, I think I’ve played well and I’ve tried my best in every game I’ve played. Overall, I’ve had a decent season so far and I’ve scored 12 goals from right-back so it’s been good," he said.
“To be honest, I can’t believe I’ve scored so many. I am on penalty duty and we’ve had a few so that’s helped it. I’m proud to have got two hat-tricks because I’ve never scored a hat-trick in my whole life before this season.”
Having featured on the bench for the first-team in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy match at Port Vale earlier this season, he credits the down to earth environment in the academy for developing his game.
“The staff always try to make time for me and the rest of the players. If they want to say something, they will say it to you, even if it is criticism. They have a lot of time, for example if you ask for extra training then they will make time for you, even though they might be busy.
“I like how it’s all down to earth and everyone gets on with everyone and the coaches have banter with us. It’s a good environment to be around.”