However he also said that comparisons between the striker and other protégés he has had would be unfair.
The Bournemouth Echo reports that the manager who helped mould the careers of Danny Ings and Charlie Austin and had an instrumental part in the development of Southampton’s Jay Rodriguez is keen to keep pressure off his new striker.
Howe handed Ings his first professional contract, then paid a reported £1m for the striker when he moved to become Burnley boss.
He was also the manager to spot Austin’s raw-talent when he brought the then non-league Poole Town striker to Burnley. Howe’s talent for spotting potential is further wrapped-up with inspired decision to promote Rodriguez to first-team from the youth system; his tutelage helped the England striker blossom and eventually earned him a big-money move to Southampton.
Wilson moved from his hometown club Coventry earlier this month after impressing in League One last season where he scored 22 times for the club.
Asked if Wilson could follow in the footsteps of his other starlets, Howe said
“I think he has real potential. I haven’t worked with him long enough to make any big assessments like that and don’t think it would be fair to do that to him.
He went on to say….“If anything, we want to take the pressure off him and just get him to enjoy his football, enjoy working with us and try to develop as a player. If he shows the right attitude and with the attributes he has, he has a really good chance of being successful. “