Callum Wilson looking forward to face to face meeting with Alan Shearer
Callum Wilson has been talking about Alan Shearer.
Wilson eventually signed for Newcastle United from Bournemouth on 7 September 2020, then only five days later made his debut, 56 minutes it then took to score his first goal for Newcastle in the 2-0 win over West Ham.
After that scoring debut, Alan Shearer was full of praise for Callum Wilson, saying on Match of The Day (see below) that the new signing had given an extra ‘edge’ to Newcastle United that had been lacking.
Joelinton had been signed by Mike Ashley a year earlier for £40m+and scored only two goals in the entire 2019/20 Premier League season, in his first four matches Callum Wilson scored four PL goals.
As Callum Wilson had deliberated on whether to sign for Newcastle or Aston Villa, Alan Shearer had been very public in urging the then Bournemouth striker to choose Tyneside and he (Shearer) offered to do anything to help make the move happen.
Callum Wilson later revealing he’d spoken to Alan Shearer on the phone before choosing Newcastle United.
In a new interview, Callum Wilson says that he can’t wait to meet Alan Shearer and thank him face to face, for all the nice things the NUFC legend has said about him. The virus making a face to face meeting this past year very difficult, if not impossible.
Callum Wilson states he’d love to wear the number nine shirt but doesn’t lose any sleep over it.
Surely an easy decision ahead of the new season, Joelinton wears the number nine shirt like he is carrying a sack of coal, the Brazilian clearly not helped by the expectation that NUFC shirt brings with it. Even Steve Bruce admitting Joelinton isn’t even a centre-forward and not a natural goalscorer.
Callum Wilson on the other hand…a natural goalscorer who would 100% love wearing the number nine and would be surely inspired even further when playing in it.
Callum Wilson talking to FourFourTwo:
“Of course I know what it [the number nine shirt] means at this club.
“But it’s a tricky one because the shirt is taken [by Joelinton…].
“If it ever became vacant and was up for grabs, I’d happily wear it. But I’m not particularly superstitious, underlined by the fact I wear 13 which hasn’t served me too badly!
“The bottom line is that I play football for the badge on the front of the shirt, not the number on the back – but that doesn’t mean I’m not familiar or in awe of the history of the No.9 shirt and those who have worn it.
“It’s very humbling and a huge honour to be mentioned in the same breath as those greats [Shearer, Milburn], and if I can achieve just a quarter of what they did at Newcastle, I’ll be delighted.
“Funnily enough, I’m yet to actually meet Alan Shearer face to face, although we have spoken on the phone.
“With all the COVID restrictions in place, it’s been difficult to do so many of the things we took for granted a couple of years ago.
“When everything gets back to normal, I’d love the chance to shake him by the hand, chat football and thank him for all the kind things he’s said about me on TV or in the media. It’s very flattering.”
Alan Shearer talking on Match of The Day after Newcastle had won 2-0 at West Ham in opening game of the season on 12 September 2020:
“Very encouraging week for Newcastle and they matched it with a really promising performance.
“I thought they had an edge to them today that I didn’t see many times last season and that edge was because of Callum Wilson.
“His ability to constantly be a menace, be in and around the box, that is what Newcastle lacked.
“It will take his teammates some time to get used to him because it is clever what he is doing, running in behind. He is looking for someone, come on and help me.
“As I said, horrible to play against, defenders don’t like that.
“Hopefully over time they [NUFC teammates] they will learn what his game is all about and they will get up and support him.
“He was alive in and around that 18 yard box which is what they needed someone to do.
“Jonjo Shelvey was last season top scorer with six goals and the reason they have bought Callum Wilson is to put the ball in the back of the net and give them that focal point.
“And he gets the goal that his performance deserves, good play out on that right hand side [by Manquiilo], fantastic from Jeff Hendrick, who I thought was superb as well.
“As I said, that is what he [Callum Wilson] has to do. He has to keep on doing that and sniffing those goals out
“What a start for him and what a start to the season for Newcastle, very encouraging.”
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