Callum Wilson started on the bench for Newcastle on Sunday, and that is where he thinks he might remain for the Friday night clash with Nottingham Forest.
Alexander Isak led the line against Wolves, taking Wilson‘s place in the Newcastle attack. It was a decision that paid off for Eddie Howe, with the 23-year-old scoring and producing a fantastic display.
It was great to see Isak play so well, but it could be bad news for Wilson. He has struggled for form since the World Cup, leading to calls for him to be replaced in the Toon starting XI.
That happened last time out, with Isak taking his place. The 31-year-old had to settle for a place on the bench, and came on to replace the Swedish striker with just over 20 minutes to go.
Wilson has now spoke ahead of the game at the City Ground, and has hinted that he might have a similar role once again.
Callum Wilson opens up on being benched
The Toon number nine has spoke on the latest episode of the Footballer’s Football Podcast. He addressed not training in the buildup to the Wolves game, which led to Isak replacing him in the side.
“I’ve not trained in over a week now,” Wilson said.
“So that’s why we have brought him in to come into the team and not let it hamper when anyone comes out.
That’s what we’re trying to build, to get players who are almost as good as each other.
“It was a great performance from him! As a striker, you need him to score today. But as someone who plays in his position you’re thinking ‘ah it’s going to take me an extra week to get back in’.”
Isak should start again for Newcastle against Nottingham Forest
Wilson has praised Isak for his performance against Wolves, but has admitted that it might mean it takes him longer to win his place back in the side.
Based on last week, there is no reason for Howe to change his striker again. Isak was exceptional, and probably produced his best overall display in a Toon shirt. He will be feeling confident right now, and needs to ride this wave of momentum. It will hopefully lead to another strong outing on Friday night.
As for Wilson, he seems resigned to at least another week on the bench. He appears to know that it will be a shock if he reclaims his spot ahead of Isak.
This could be a real sliding doors moment for the Newcastle frontline. Wilson has been first choice ever since he joined the club in 2020, but now his position is under threat from a young man who cost £63million.
In the coming weeks, Wilson may have to settle for cameos off the bench as there is no reason why Isak should not be a guaranteed starter right now.