Newcastle striker Callum Wilson has spoke on The Footballer’s Footballing Podcast about the arrival of Chris Wood. Wood signed for a fee of £25million from Burnely after the Magpies triggered his release clause.
Wilson is currently injured, so another striker was seen as a must this January. Wood comes with Premier League experience, establishing a strong goal-scoring record at Burnley.
Some fans will be happy to know that the New Zealand international is eligible to play against Watford. With the lack of options up top the minute, Wood may well make the starting XI on Saturday.
‘I like it’: Wilson is excited about the the added competition to the Newcastle squad
At the start of the episode, Wilson and co-host Michail Antonio discussed Wood’s inevitable arrival. Antonio asked the Magpies’ number nine about another striker coming into the squad.
Wilson said: “It’s going to be good to have new bodies in the building, adding competition for places with strikers coming in the door, which is exciting for me. I like it.
“It’s going to bring out the dog in me! All of a sudden, I’m going to come back with a different mentality but I think that’s what you need.
“Sometimes, you need to have that little bit of a boost to get you going again, just to stimulate you and keep you on your toes, and that’s what’s coming so it’s nice. Interesting.”
Furthermore, Wilson backs Wood’s ability and sees him as one of the best in the bottom half of the Premier League. He believes he’s a worthy replacement while he’s out injured.
“While I’m out injured, I don’t think you’re going to get a better striker in the bottom half of the league than Chris Wood. He will be a great addition”, Wilson stated.
When Wilson eventually does come back from injury, Eddie Howe could face quite the dilemma. Should Wood hit the ground running, it could be a challenge for Wilson to work his way back into the starting XI. Perhaps the two could play up-front together at some point?