If Eddie Howe becomes Newcastle United manager, he’ll already be familiar with a few Toon players.
During his time at Bournemouth, Howe signed Matt Ritchie, Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson. The trio helped the Cherries win promotion to the Premier League in 2015.
Ritchie, Fraser and Wilson are now with Newcastle, and have varying degrees of importance.
Ritchie has been a valuable member of the squad, and was pivotal in our promotion from the Championship under Rafa Benitez. Fraser has struggled since leaving Bournemouth. And Wilson is arguably Newcastle’s most vital player.
The number nine had a good relationship with Howe at Bournemouth, and is likely looking forward to being reunited with the 43-year-old.
And the word Wilson used to describe Howe in 2020 shows why he should be a much better manager than Steve Bruce.
Callum Wilson called Eddie Howe ‘tactical’
In an interview with BT Sport in January 2020, Wilson was asked to describe Howe in one word. And the word the striker used was ‘tactical’.
That gives us a hint towards the type of manager it looks like we’re going to hire. Howe is meticulous on the training ground, and will aim to get more out this current crop of Toon players.
And Wilson’s description of Howe is a big contrast to how he spoke about ex-Toon manager Bruce.
Earlier in the year, the £20million man spoke to the Athletic, and was asked about the arrival of Graeme Jones.
“I think Graeme Jones coming in as a coach (in January), definitely complemented the manager because he’s a little bit more tactically aware and up to date, whereas the manager has his different strengths and attributes,” he said.
In contrast, Howe is very tactically aware. But he’s also a manager who has a lot to prove after the way his Bournemouth tenure ended.
Can he rebuild his reputation at Newcastle? He’ll be relying on the goals of Wilson to do just that.