Newcastle United icon Malcolm Macdonald has told the Daily Mail that Steve Bruce isn’t utilising Callum Wilson properly.
The Magpies legend knows a thing or two about scoring goals at St James’ Park. In 257 games for the club, he fired 138 goals.
Wilson checked in at Newcastle during the summer, costing £20 million from Bournemouth following their relegation.
The 28-year-old has scored eight goals so far this season – a feat which Macdonald believes is impressive.
Newcastle haven’t won for seven games in all competitions and face basement club Sheffield United tonight.
Macdonald has suggested in a recent interview what he would ask Bruce with regards to how he is using Wilson.
He told the Daily Mail: “I would ask Steve Bruce: ‘Why have you brought him here in the first place? You are using and abusing the fella’.
“I actually feel sorry for Callum because he’s just left stranded on his own up front.
“What he’s being asked to do isn’t his game. His game is to let others take it on to the penalty area with him getting on the end of the final ball.
“He must be the most frustrated man in football.”
Wilson hasn’t scored for three matches and will look to get back on the goal trail this evening.
Is Bruce doing enough to get the most out of Wilson?
It has to be said that he’s probably not.
Wilson was signed to take Newcastle to the next level and this season, the Magpies are in danger of going backwards.
That is through no fault of Wilson who already has two more goals than Newcastle’s top scorer for the whole of last season.
The challenge for Bruce is to find a way to get more chances into Wilson and help him score even more goals.
Playing a direct style isn’t going to help the ex-Bournemouth man and an ability to mix it up has been lacking by Bruce.
One man who could be the key to getting Newcastle firing once more is Ryan Fraser.
He checked in on a free transfer in the summer but has barely featured in the Premier League, starting just twice.
During the 2018/19 campaign, the Scotland international assisted 12 goals for Wilson as they struck up a telepathic understanding.
The direct style hasn’t won Bruce many supporters – not least Macdonald.
If he doesn’t do something soon then it could be the manager who finds his head in the stocks.