The Athletic’s Chris Waugh feels that Newcastle striker Callum Wilson will still have a role to play on Tyneside for the next few seasons following the club’s takeover earlier this month.
With the Magpies now having the wealthiest owners in the Premier League, it is unclear as to how many of the current squad will still be featuring for the team in years to come. Waugh expects Wilson to be playing at St James’ Park for a while yet, though.
How has Callum Wilson performed so far this season?
The 29-year-old made a bright start to the campaign, scoring in Newcastle’s opening two home games against West Ham and Southampton.
He was then ruled out for four matches with a hamstring injury, but has since returned, and looks as sharp as ever.
The forward netted his third goal of the season at home to Tottenham, and then rescued a point for his side this past weekend, scoring a stunning overhead kick during Newcastle’s 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
What has Waugh said about Wilson?
Wilson has scored different types of goals this term, demonstrating that he is a well-rounded attacker.
Waugh has acknowledged that the frontman has been unfortunate with injuries over the years, but expects him to be a part of Newcastle’s exciting journey under their new owners if he can stay fit.
He told GIVEMESPORT: “Callum Wilson, I think if he hadn’t had injury problems previously, he would have probably been at one of the bigger clubs in the Premier League.
“His goalscoring record and his all-round play means he is definitely someone you can see being at Newcastle for a few years yet. He just needs to remain injury-free.”
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Does Wilson have a long-term future at Newcastle?
Wilson, who is valued at £19.8m by Transfermarkt, still has over two years left on his contract, so his future should not be too much of a concern at the moment.
However, it should be noted that he does turn 30 in February, and the club may start looking for a younger striker with less fitness issues shortly. Therefore, Wilson may not be guaranteed a starting berth at Newcastle beyond this season.
Still, his record for the Toon Army is an impressive one, having scored 16 goals in 33 appearances, and his overall Premier League goal tally stands at 57 goals from 157 games.
These are respectable numbers, and indicate that he is a classy operator who Newcastle should look to keep hold of, as he knows how to find the net and will be capable of making telling contributions from the start or off the bench moving forwards.
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