Callum Wilson is ready to fight for his place as Newcastle United’s main striker next season.
The 30-year-old ended the season in fine form, fighting back from injury to feature in the Magpies’ final three games.
He had multiple opportunities to score against Manchester City off the bench, then followed that up with a man of the match performance versus Arsenal. Wilson then rounded the season off in style, netting a brace at Turf Moor.
The striker ended the season with eight Premier League goals, making him the club’s top scorer for the second season in a row. It’s a decent tally considering he only played 18 games, but injuries have once again hindered him.
But Wilson doesn’t care who comes in.
Wilson tells Newcastle owners to ‘bring in who you like’
The Toon number nine has been interviewed by the Sun, and spoke about the possibility of Newcastle’s new owners splashing out on a new striker this summer.
“Bring in who you like,” he said. The interviewer then mentioned Wilson possibly losing his shirt number.
“That’s the bottom line. You don’t want anyone taking your shirt off you. Wearing the number nine is an honour.
“I’ll always back myself. That mindset got me to where I am. I’m going to be replaced one day, I’m not deluded. But as long as I am feeling fit and strong, I’ll do everything to keep it.
“If anyone has ever doubted you, put on a show, like I did against Burnley and Arsenal, just to let them know. A reminder to everyone who hasn’t seen me for four months.”
Staying injury free is all Wilson can do
Injuries are all that stand between Wilson and being Newcastle’s number one striker. If there was no doubts about his fitness, the club probably wouldn’t be looking to land a marquee forward this summer.
Ability isn’t the issue. Wilson has been brilliant in front of goal ever since he joined the club for £20million. He’s played 44 times in the Premier League for the Magpies and scored 20 goals.
Wilson proved in the final few games how much of a threat he is in front of goal. He showed everyone exactly what we’ve been missing during his absence. In his words, he ‘put on a show’.
There’s no doubt that Newcastle will sign a striker this summer. Who that striker is remains to be seen. But all Wilson can do is focus on his own game and ensure he’s fit to play.
He’s certainly taking steps towards that, telling the Sun that his family are moving to the North East. They currently live in Dorset, with Wilson travelling the length of the country on his days off. He believes that will boost his chances of staying fit.
Hopefully that proves to be the case, and we see Wilson banging in the goals for Newcastle next season – with or without a new strike partner.