Newcastle United have announced the signing of striker Callum Wilson from Bournemouth A.F.C.
He's here... #NUFC— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) September 7, 2020
The fee as reported yesterday is likely £20m, and Wilson should be available for this weekend’s matchup against West Ham.
Wilson comes from Bournemouth where he has had a lot of success in the Premier League as not only a scorer, but a decent creator as well. Last year he managed 8 goals and 3 assists in the Premier League. This came off of a really successful 2018/19 campaign which saw him rack up 14 goals and 10 assists.
The hope for Newcastle is that he finds his double-digit goal scoring form, and luckily for Newcastle that is a goal of Wilson’s as well.
New season targets for @CallumWilson ⚽️— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) September 7, 2020
"I didn't have the greatest season last year. Eight goals in the league is not something I'd even like to associate myself with so I'll be looking to get to double figures as soon as possible."
In addition to setting that goal for the season Wilson also had this to say about joining Newcastle.
“It’s a massive club with great history. Along the years, they’ve had great strikers so if I can emulate half of what they’ve done, I’d like to attempt that.”
Wilson also touched on Alan Shearer being a part of his recruitment process, which is actually something our pals over at Tifo talked about in a video they dropped earlier this week. One major factor for swaying a player to join a club is recruitment. Some clubs pull out all the stops to bring a player there, and others simply don’t.
It’s encouraging that Newcastle are starting to get to a place where recruitment the right way is a priority.
"Shearer messaged me when I got a call-up for England and we've also been in touch about me coming here. It was already in my mind that I was coming here but that made it concrete."— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) September 7, 2020
The first interview with Callum Wilson! #NUFC
Steve Bruce also weighed in on the signing, one that is a rubber-stamped Steve Bruce target through and through. Brucie had this to say about the England International
“He has done fantastically well at Bournemouth and was deservedly playing centre forward for England less than two years ago.”
The Athletic are reporting that Wilson will take on the prestigious number 9 shirt for Newcastle. That would make him the 4th player in 4 years to wear the shirt at the club following the likes of Dwight Gayle. Solomon Rondon, and Joelinton.
Excl: Callum Wilson given the Newcastle number 9 shirt, replacing Joelinton @TheAthleticUK #NUFC https://t.co/Sh5R5wdty4— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) September 7, 2020
It is not known whether Wilson will make his debut this weekend against West Ham. He should be fit and available, having been training with Bournemouth since the preseason began.
One thing we do know however, is that Newcastle legend Santiago Munez has once again landed us another transfer target
Santiago Munez is the best marketing ploy we have. pic.twitter.com/vttfOf9zv2— Dan Saunders (@_saunders_1997) September 7, 2020
One more for good measure.
Callum Wilson has just quoted the film GOAL after signing for Newcastle United— Football Daily (@footballdaily) September 7, 2020
He loves Newcastle legends like Santiago Muñez pic.twitter.com/GcDktIKvoN