Mame Biram Diouf has revealed that he is considering leaving Manchester United on loan, in order to follow Danny Welbeck's recent career trajectory by one day returning to Old Trafford as a first team regular.
Diouf has struggled for game time at Old Trafford since moving to the club from Norwegian side Molde in 2009, and the 24 year old has undergone loan spells back at Molde and at Blackburn as a result.
And after just three appearances for United this season, including in the side's shock 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace, Diouf believes that he will be sent on loan again to show his worth in the squad.
"It is an option at the moment and a good one [to go on loan]. I want to go and play week in, week out and try to impress Sir Alex Ferguson," Diouf told Sky Sports.
"If I can finish the season strongly, I can challenge for a position next season like Danny [Welbeck] has done this season.
"Wigan could be a key for me. I have done okay for Blackburn, but need to do well on my next loan. There are other teams interested as well."
Welbeck went to Sunderland on loan over 2010-2011, and since returning to United the striker has become a regular in the starting line-up. Diouf will be hoping that the same fate awaits him if he can produce top form for Wigan, or an alternative destination.
After United's loss in the Carling Cup, Ferguson admitted that he would consider sending his younger, less experienced players out on loan to get more game time and prove their worth in the Premier League.
"It [the defeat to Crystal Palace] bothers me in the sense that the level of training we do was let down," he said at the time.
"For us it was Rafael's first game, Darron Gibson's first game, Mame Diouf's only played four games this season, [Federico] Macheda only his third game.
"That's not enough football to play in the quarter-final of a League Cup I'm afraid. That caught us and I was surprised of the level of fitness of Crystal Palace against us."
Since the match, Macheda has signed a loan deal with QPR, and Ravel Morrison and Paul Pogba are both widely tipped to make moves elsewhere on at least a temporary basis.
And with Diouf building up some more game time during the season, the striker may be more likely to compete for a spot in United's starting line-up like Welbeck.