According to the Athletic, Newcastle could be without Callum Wilson until after the next international break due to injury.
This is a huge blow for the Magpies, who desperately rely on Wilson’s goals. He’s already scored twice this season, netting a header in each of our home games.
But he won’t be able to do that on Friday against Leeds, with reports stating that the 29-year-old could miss our next three games.
While this is certainly disappointing, are there some Newcastle players who could actually benefit from Wilson’s injury?
Dwight Gayle is the club’s only other natural goalscorer, even if he isn’t on the same level as Wilson.
Steve Bruce could turn to Gayle over the next few weeks, especially with pressure mounting after five games without a win in all competitions.
Gayle’s the kind of player who needs a run in the team to succeed, and Wilson’s injury could give him that chance.
The Brazilian started Newcastle’s first game without Wilson, operating on the left wing against Manchester United.
He had some positive moments, and could benefit from a run in the starting XI.
Whether he’s out wide or in a front two, Joelinton at least gives us a physical presence in the final third. Just as long as he doesn’t have to play up front on his own…
The 27-year-old was arguably Newcastle’s best player at Old Trafford, and that was largely down to a change of position.
Almiron was out on the right, and had much more freedom to get forward and create. It was his sensational run that led to Javi Manquillo’s goal.
If Wilson’s injury means this change of system continues, Miggy may benefit by getting to play higher up the pitch.
The attacking midfielder is yet to feature this season due to injury, and was denied a loan move away from St James’ Park.
We need an attacking boost during Wilson’s absence, and Anderson could certainly provide that.
Whether he plays as an attacking midfielder or from the left wing, he is comfortable and courageous in possession despite still being a teenager.
Anderson is a player we need to see more of, and Wilson’s injury may hand him an opportunity.