Eddie Howe must now be very careful with Newcastle striker Callum Wilson
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Eddie Howe must now be very careful with Newcastle striker Callum Wilson

Callum Wilson is Newcastle United’s first choice striker, and manager Eddie Howe must be very careful with him after news coming out of St James’ Park.

Alexander Isak joined the club this summer to compete with Wilson. However, they are yet to feature alongside each other. And that won’t be happening for a long time.

The 23-year-old has missed Newcastle’s last three games due to a thigh injury. And it has now been confirmed that he will be out of action until after the World Cup.

That is a real blow for the Magpies, who forked out a club record £59million to sign him from Real Sociedad. Isak has only played three times for his new club, scoring twice. And now he won’t play again until December at the earliest.

That means Wilson is under pressure to stay fit, which is a concern given his injury record. The 30-year-old has already missed four games this season with a hamstring problem.

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And with games coming thick and fast ahead of the World Cup, Howe might have to make some difficult decisions regarding his number nine.

Howe will surely be tempted to rest Wilson this week

It’s a busy week of fixtures for Newcastle. We faced Manchester United on Sunday, then it’s Everton on Wednesday and Tottenham next Sunday.

And with no sign of Isak returning, it will be hoped that Wilson can start and score in our upcoming games. He already has three goals this season – one less than top scorer Miguel Almiron.

Wilson had hoped to add to his tally in the wins over Fulham and Brentford, but was substituted early by Howe. On both occasions, the £20million signing admitted that he was disappointed. That reaction was fair enough given his desire to score goals, but it was a smart decision by Howe.

And now the Toon boss might need to make more smart decisions and disappoint Wilson some more. Whether that means dropping him to the bench for one game this week or only playing him for an hour, Howe cannot afford to lose the England international to injury.

If Wilson were to pick up another injury, it would leave Chris Wood as the club’s only fit striker. And he has only scored two Premier League goals since his £25million move to St James’ Park.

While Wilson will be desperate to play as much as possible, the team must come first. And that means preserving the forward’s fitness as best as Howe can.