Newcastle United’s Callum Wilson was selected by Garth Crooks for his BBC Team of the Week after his two excellent penalties against Leeds United on Saturday.
Garth Crooks selected Newcastle striker Callum Wilson in his team of the week on the BBC website after he bagged another two goals on Saturday after despatching two penalties with Crooks saying: “The Newcastle striker was the coolest man in the stadium and has bounced back from a blip in goalscoring form to look as sharp as ever.”
Whatever happens in the next three games, the records will show that Callum Wilson has had a great season for Newcastle.
Wilson is having his best season in the Premier League
The £20million signing from Bournemouth has notched his best ever Premier League goals tally, became the first Newcastle player to score 17 goals in a Premier League season since Alan Shearer 19 years ago, and even broke Shearer’s record for most goals scored in a calendar month.
However, those accolades all mask the middle part of the season where Wilson couldn’t buy a goal. He started the season in great goal-scoring form. He was so impressive that England boss Gareth Southgate took him to Qatar with his World Cup squad.
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When he returned and the Premier League resumed, Wilson looked off the pace. Almost like he’d given everything in the first third of the season and his tank was empty.
Wilson could still hit the 20 goals mark this season for Newcastle
As fortunate as that was for Newcastle, it was the kick up the rear that Wilson needed too. He saw his place under threat and got his act together and now, the call between who to pick has become so tight that Eddie Howe has started to play the two together.
So while it absolutely was about his calmness from the spot on Saturday, it makes sense to me that Crooks mentioned his bouncebackability, because January’s Callum Wilson doesn’t score both of those spot kicks, not the way his confidence was.
With three games remaining, Callum Wilson could go onto hit the 20 Premier League goal mark which would cap an overall phenomenal season for the 31-year-old.