Newcastle are set to be without Callum Wilson for the remaining three games of the season.

The striker recently returned from a hamstring problem, and scored twice in Friday’s 4-2 win over Leicester.

Wilson received a lot of praise for his performance against Leicester, and was named in Garth Crooks’ BBC team of the week, describing him as ‘electric’.

However, that will be his final involvement this season after the club confirmed he picked up an injury in the final moments against the Foxes.

According to Lee Ryder on Twitter, it is just a precaution. This is a sensible decision with Newcastle no longer fearing relegation.

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If we weren’t safe, then going into the final three games without Wilson would be a terrifying prospect. But instead, it will hand an opportunity to someone else.

Wilson has had a great first year at Newcastle. In total he’s scored 12 goals and provided five assists. He has contributed 17 goals, which is a great tally considering how negatively we’ve played.

But he has also missed a lot of football. By the end of the season, Wilson will have missed 12 league games due to injury.

While someone else will get a chance in his absence between now and the end of the season, Newcastle need to add more strength in depth this summer.

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Newcastle need better backup for Wilson

Joelinton isn’t a natural goalscorer. While he has looked better at times this season, he isn’t a reliable source of goals.

 

Neither is Dwight Gayle, who has only scored once all season.

As for Andy Carroll, he might not even be at the club next season.

If Newcastle are to avoid another relegation battle, they need more strength in depth – particularly up front.

The Magpies need to sign another striker who can be relied upon when Wilson is out.

Wilson has had bother with injuries throughout his career. We can’t rely on him to be fit all season.

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That shouldn’t take anything away from his abilities. When he’s fit he’s a menace up top. But he hasn’t been fit enough this season.

Newcastle have been linked with various forwards already, from Tammy Abraham to Adam Armstrong.

Someone of their quality would be absolutely perfect. Armstrong in particular would be a great signing, as he can play out wide or slightly deeper as well as being an out-and-out striker.

If Newcastle go into next season with Joelinton and Gayle as backup for Wilson, they will be tempting fate once again.

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