Newcastle United striker Callum Wilson was one of the Premier League’s top scorers last season, but does not believe he is worth any more than what he cost the Magpies three years ago.
The 31-year-old netted 18 Premier League goals for Newcastle last season. That tally was only bettered by Mohamed Salah, Ivan Toney, Harry Kane and golden boot winner Erling Haaland.
Wilson has already started this season strongly too, scoring off the bench during Newcastle’s 5-1 win over Aston Villa. He has been tipped to be the Magpies’ top scorer once again, although he is currently one behind his attacking rival Alexander Isak.
Goals win games, and that is why strikers cost so much money in football. However, it is recently midfielders that are going for the biggest fees.
Earlier this summer we saw Declan Rice join Arsenal for £105million, and now Moises Caicedo has gone to Chelsea for a British record fee of £115million.
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It is a staggering amount of money, and now Wilson has given his thoughts on how much Chelsea have spent on the 21-year-old.
Callum Wilson speaks out on Chelsea spending
Speaking on the latest episode of the Footballer’s Football Podcast, Wilson discussed Caicedo’s £115million move to Chelsea and addressed his own valuation.
“How many midfielders do they [Chelsea] want?” he said.
“Let’s put this into context. Caicedo, I have not really seen much of him in midfield. We played against Brighton and he played at right-back against us.
“But for the price that he’s cost, you could get Tonali and Guimaraes and still have change to buy me, probably! £15million or £20million gets you me!
“That’s how the money is going crazy. It’s probably just because it’s Premier League to Premier League.”
Surely Newcastle’s number nine is worth more than that
Wilson is probably selling himself short there. He cost Newcastle £20million from Bournemouth back in 2020.
You have to imagine that he would cost a bit more than that now, especially after his heroics last season. Perhaps he feels like his age works against him, but he makes an excellent point about how good Newcastle’s business has been.
For the price of Caicedo, Newcastle have been able to sign Bruno Guimaraes and Sandro Tonali – and have money left over!
The Magpies have proven that shopping abroad is the best way to make a marquee signing. Otherwise a Premier League rival is always going to charge you an inflated fee.
Newcastle have got real value for money in the transfer market when it comes to Bruno and Tonali, and if Wilson thinks he is only worth £20million then so be it.
It does not matter anyway, as he is going absolutely nowhere.