Eddie Howe is hoping that Callum Wilson picks up where he left off next season.
The Newcastle striker started for the second game in a row on Sunday, and signed off with two goals.
Wilson bagged the first from the spot, scoring his first goal since the reverse fixture against Burnley. The 30-year-old then secured all three points in the second half with a neat finish at the end of a blistering Toon counterattack.
After spending so long out injured, it was great to see Wilson end the campaign with a smile on his face.
He came so close to scoring against Arsenal last week, but couldn’t find the net despite his man of the match performance. He didn’t make the same mistake at Turf Moor, getting his first and only brace of the season.
Wilson ends the season with eight Premier League goals, making him Newcastle’s top scorer for the second year in a row.
Eddie Howe excited for next season with Callum Wilson
“Yeah he’s led the line very well in the last two games,” Howe said.
“He’s worked incredibly hard, he’s been a physical threat, and he’s been able to play 90 minutes. That’s an incredible achievement for him.
“I’m so pleased he got the two goals today and ends again as our top scorer, which is some achievement considering he hasn’t played regularly. Hopefully the signs are good for him next season.”
Battle to stay fit for Wilson
As Howe says, it’s incredible to see Wilson win the honour of being Newcastle’s top scorer once again. He scored eight goals in 18 games, spending half the season out injured.
The closest players to Wilson in terms of goals are Allan Saint-Maximin and Bruno Guimaraes who both scored five.
Newcastle need to find a way of scoring more goals next season. A lot of that will rest on who we bring in this summer, and how long we can keep Wilson fit for.
The £20million man has proven over the past two games that he can be the Magpies’ main man up top. Ability isn’t the issue. It’s his fitness woes.
But Howe believes the ‘signs are good’, and hopefully he can have a full season without any injury problems. If that does happen, Wilson should have no bother hitting double figures for Newcastle.