Callum Wilson has admitted that he did not know much about Sandro Tonali before Newcastle United were linked with him this summer, but now he is keen for the club to sign more players like him.
Wilson and Tonali are now teammates at St James’ Park, with the Magpies spending £55million to bring the 23-year-old to Tyneside. The deal with AC Milan made him the second most expensive player in the club’s history.
He is a marquee signing for Eddie Howe, who was eager for the club to bring in a high calibre midfielder. He has got his man in Tonali, although it is unclear whether or not he will have an immediate impact.
Most fans expect Howe to take his time with Tonali. He will ease him into the side rather than thrusting him into the deep end.
While it might take him some time to adapt, it is clear for all to see just how talented he is. Wilson agrees, and is very happy to call the Italian his teammate.
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Callum Wilson wants more signings like Sandro Tonali at Newcastle
Wilson has been speaking on the latest episode of the Footballer’s Football Podcast, and discussed Newcastle signing Tonali from AC Milan.
“Sandro, most notably, is a high calibre player – quality,” he said.
“I personally don’t watch much foreign football, I only really watch the Premier League, so I didn’t know too much about him until his name was being linked with the club.
“Then I actually realised that’s who we’re being linked with and you get a sense of the kind of quality we’re attracting to the club right now. Long may it continue.”
‘Long may it continue’ for Newcastle
Signing a young player as good as Tonali from a club as big as AC Milan just sums up where we are right now. Newcastle United are really becoming an emerging force, especially with Champions League football due to be played at St James’ Park this season.
Tonali has the potential to become an elite midfielder, and he will hopefully turn out to be a superstar alongside Bruno Guimaraes in the middle of the park.
It must be a shock for Wilson, who has seen the club completely change since he arrived in 2020. That summer we also brought in Jeff Hendrick on a free. Fast forward three years and Newcastle are spending more than £50million on an Italy international.
As Wilson says, long may it continue!