Wilson admits he's 'buzzing' for Newcastle teammate Wood after scoring
Callum Wilson admits he's 'buzzing' for Newcastle teammate Chris Wood after scoring on Sunday
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Callum Wilson admits he's 'buzzing' for Newcastle teammate Chris Wood after scoring on Sunday

Chris Wood scored his first Premier League goal of the season on Sunday, and his teammate Callum Wilson has admitted he was ‘buzzing’ for the 30-year-old.

Wood replaced Wilson at half time against Southampton, with the Magpies’ number nine struggling with illness. He had claimed during the week that he was feeling ‘run down’, but there was still real concern when he didn’t emerge for the second half.

But luckily it was just due to illness rather than injury, and Wood was able to step up in a big way.

The New Zealand international has endured a frustrating season so far, limited to just two starts in all competitions. Minutes have been limited, and that may continue with Alexander Isak due back from injury after the World Cup break.

But Wood was called upon on Sunday, and scored a vital goal at a vital time. Newcastle were slightly under the cosh, but a brilliant finish from the former Burnley man made it 2-0 to Eddie Howe’s side and relieved the pressure.

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As a striker coming off the bench, Wood did exactly what was needed to send a message to the manager. He reminded Howe that Wilson isn’t the only goalscorer in his ranks, and will hope for more regular minutes.

But what did Wilson make of seeing his replacement find the back of the net?

Wilson on Wood scoring

Wilson has appeared on the latest episode of the Footballer’s Football Podcast alongside Michail Antonio. The duo discussed Newcastle’s 4-1 win over Southampton, and the West Ham forward was quick to prod Wilson on his thoughts about Wood replacing him and scoring.

“Buzzing,” Wilson said.

“Because for me when you’re a striker and you’re unable to continue you want someone else to step on and keep the team improving and keep the team not being affected by your absence.

“And that’s what happened. People are stepping up.”

Wood certainly stepped up

Wilson wants players to step up, and Wood certainly did that. It was a lovely finish from the £25million man – his second goal of the season.

Wood has now played at St Mary’s twice as a Newcastle player, and found the net on both appearances. If only we could play there every week – he would be our top scorer!

With Wood scoring, hopefully that increases the level of competition at the club. That’s what you want to see. No player should be resting on their laurels thinking they are a guaranteed starter.

That includes Wilson, who will know that he will soon have Isak to compete with too for a place in the side.

Howe’s squad is growing in quality, and plenty of people are contributing to this amazing season. Wood has played his part, and will hope to do so again in the future.