Glenn Hoddle has sung the praises of Newcastle striker Callum Wilson on the latest edition of his podcast, The Glenn Hoddle Footy Show.
The 29-year-old talisman has missed the last three games with a hamstring problem, with the Magpies failing to win during his absence.
He has found the net 10 times this season, arriving from Bournemouth for £20 million during the summer.
Newcastle’s situation is perilous at the moment with just three points between them and the relegation zone.
Former England manager Hoddle believes that Wilson is perfect for Newcastle though and praised him recently.
He said on The Glenn Hoddle Footy Show: “I think Wilson is a good striker and I think if he hadn’t been injured, over a longer period of time he would be scoring goals.
“Newcastle fans need to understand, you’re not going to get 25 chances every game.
“As a striker, you’re going to get one or two chances and you need to take one out of two or three.
“Then you might have to wait for a game, or two games before you get another chance. They’re not a team that is going to make a lot of chances for a striker.
“Wilson is capable of that sort of ratio.”
Wilson instrumental to Newcastle’s fate
Having Wilson back quickly is going to be vital to the Magpies in their quest to beat the drop.
He’s a proven goalscorer at Premier League level and has been the main supply of goals for Newcastle this season.
Wilson is thought to be making good progress in his recovery.
That will be music to the ears of Steve Bruce who will be desperate to avoid another relegation on his CV.
The £46,000-a-week player will also want to avoid a second successive relegation from the top-flight.
He scored nine times last year but was powerless to prevent Bournemouth dropping into the Championship.
Hoddle is right with his comments on the striker, although Newcastle fans do perhaps have a right to think their team should be creating more chances.
With a player like Wilson in their attack, the challenge for Bruce is to create more chances for the player to stick the ball in the net.
For Newcastle to avoid relegation they need their talisman fit and firing. And fast!