"Dominic is a very talented individual," Wilson told barnsleyfc.co.uk.
"He's still very young but we feel he's got what it takes to make it, should he work hard. Although he is very young and certainly one for the future, there's nothing wrong with keeping our eye on young talent - and young Dominic certainly has talent."
McHale, who was coming towards the end of his two-year scholarship with Man City, had his contract terminated by mutual consent at the Etihad, at the end of last month.
"He's certainly worth keeping an eye on. He's impressed with the Under 21s and Under 18s in recent weeks.
McHale in action for the Under 21s last month
Click here to see a brilliant goal scored by McHale for the Under 18s away at Coventry City.