BBC pundit Garth Crooks has heaped praise on Newcastle United striker Callum Wilson for his performance in Saturday’s 2-1 win over West Brom.

The striker was in fine form despite not adding to his tally of seven goals for the campaign.

Wilson has proved a decent addition to the Newcastle ranks since signing for £20 million from Bournemouth in the summer (The Guardian).

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The talisman is paid £46,000-a-week at St James’ Park and already looks a very sensible addition by the club.

Crooks was impressed with him on Saturday and named him in his Team of the Week.

He told BBC Sport: “Having had a squad ravaged by Covid-19 in recent weeks, Steve Bruce eventually got the chance to put the pandemic behind him and produce a team that needed all hands on deck to beat a stubborn West Brom.

“It was just as well he had Callum Wilson, who was involved in their first goal and then spent the rest of the game running the Baggies ragged.


“Bruce made an inspired double substitution late in the second half, both of whom turned the game. Dwight Gayle got the winner with an amazing header after Jacob Murphy delivered the most exquisite cross.

“It was Wilson, however, who had pulled the West Brom defence apart in order for Gayle and Murphy to finish them off.”

Wilson looking the real deal for Newcastle

For far too long the Magpies have settled for mediocrity in the transfer market. In Wilson, however, they look to have a proper player.

He caused all sorts of problems for Branislav Ivanovic throughout Saturday’s game. Although he didn’t score he was lively throughout.

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The signing of Wilson looks to have given Newcastle a real menace in attack and ultimately a player who knows where the back of the net is.

At 28 the England striker should be in his prime. It will be hoped there is more to come from the talisman as the season progresses.

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