Newcastle desperately needed to sign a striker last summer, and the Athletic claim they did make a move for Wout Weghorst.
In their Euros preview, they claim that the Magpies and Tottenham made preliminary moves to sign the striker.
Sadly for both clubs, Weghorst remained in the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg.
The 28-year-old went on to have an excellent season, scoring 20 league goals to finish fourth in the golden boot race.
His goals have propelled Wolfsburg back into the Champions League after a five-year absence.
According to the Athletic, Wolfsburg expect even more interest in their striker this summer. However, a move to Newcastle seems impossible for multiple reasons.
Firstly, he’ll likely cost a lot more than our reported £12million transfer kitty.
Secondly, why would he want to come to Newcastle instead of playing in the Champions League?
Thirdly, he’s a similar age to Callum Wilson. If we’re going to spend decent money on a striker, it would surely be for someone younger such as Sasa Kalajdzic.
Were Newcastle right to sign Callum Wilson over Wout Weghorst?
Last summer, it was clear that Newcastle desperately needed a goalscorer.
In the 2019/20 season, Miguel Almiron was the club’s top scorer with just eight goals in all competitions. £40million Joelinton had failed to deliver.
Newcastle needed goals. It’s therefore no surprise to read they were interested in Weghorst. He outscored every Newcastle player that season, scoring 20 times in all competitions.
But in the end, the Magpies brought in Callum Wilson instead for £20million.
He’s proven to be a wonderful signing. Despite struggling with injury at times, Wilson has been the best player at the club and deserved to win player of the season.
In total he scored 12 Premier League goals and provided five assists. Had it not been for Wilson, who knows where we would have ended up. There’s a strong chance we wouldn’t be a Premier League club right now.
But were we right to sign him over Weghorst?
Statistically, possibly not. Weghorst scored more goals than Wilson this season over in Germany. The Dutchman scored 25 times in all competitions.
However, Wilson’s experience in the Premier League has been invaluable. While Weghorst is just as good a goalscorer, we don’t know how he would have adapted to life in England.
Weghorst could have been an excellent signing last summer. However, it does not matter because Wilson definitely was an excellent signing.