The Bournemouth fairy tale under Eddie Howe has come to an end. Eddie has parted ways with the club, so has Nathan Ake and Aaron Ramsdale, and now it’s time for Callum Wilson as well. His 41 goals and 12 assists, since Bournemouth’s return to the Premier League, were crucial in their prolonged stay at the top level. At 28 years of age, Wilson will be hoping to play at the top level, and Bournemouth can’t offer that the moment.
Let’s rewind to some time back. Teams like Chelsea were pursuing the Englishman’s signature, and the Cherries demanded £75m. Given his last season form, Cherries can longer command such a hefty fee. In an underperforming Bournemouth side, Callum Wilson managed to score eight goals and register an assist. He didn’t underperform, but he can no longer justify the £75m price tag slapped on him.
Then Newcastle came knocking, and here he is. The former Coventry City man is back the Premier League for £20m. Bournemouth couldn’t even bag half of what they hoped.
How will Callum Wilson help Newcastle United?
For a fact, Newcastle United did punch above their weights last season. After the departure of Rafa Benitez and the appointment of Steve Bruce, Newcastle United looked like relegation favorites. Under Bruce, they finished well above the relegation zone. Steve Bruce is worth some appreciation for his work at St.James’ Park.
Yet, they were a hodge-podge in front of the goal. Joelinton, the club-record signing, just managed two goals the entire season. Only Norwich, Watford, and Crystal Palace scored fewer goals than them. A pair of legs that can add goals was a top priority for the Tyneside club.
Is he worth it?
Even though Callum Wilson had a dip in form in the 2019/20 season, he had some great numbers the previous season. In a stellar campaign, Wilson scored 14 goals and assisted 9, which made his stock rise. For the £20m the Magpies paid, he is worth every penny.
Joelinton flopped big time, Andy Carrol can’t stay fit, and Dwight Gayle is not the striker who can terrorize oppositions in the long run. So, given the striker crisis at Newcastle United, the signing of Callum Wilson makes perfect sense.
With Ryan Fraser wrapped up, Jamal Lewis on the way, and a possible deal for Rob Holding, Newcastle United are trying to aim higher than they finished last season. A strong finish will help the fans move on from the failed takeover. The signings are looking optimistic, but will they fight for a Europa spot is a question for another day!