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Callum Wilson gives Alan Shearer killer answers on Graeme Jones and Allan Saint-Maximin

2 months ago
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Another quality interview from Alan Shearer for The Athletic, this time with Callum Wilson.

The one he (Shearer) did recently with Kevin Keegan was a classic.

When speaking to KK it was so uplifting but at the same time depressing, reminding us of just how good supporting Newcastle United could be in the not too distant past.

With Callum Wilson it is another really good long read, with a couple of brief out-takes below.

Alan Shearer speaking to the latest Newcastle United number 9 via Zoom, the pair clearly having a great affinity.

It was indeed Shearer who heled to persuade Callum Wilson to come to Newcastle United, as Aston Villa were competing for his signature a year ago.

Callum Wilson revealing that Allan Saint-Maximin is focused on getting to the World Cup finals next year in Qatar, which yet again then makes us think about ASM’s repetitive interviews, saying he loves a lot of things about being at Newcastle United BUT if the right ambition is not shown, such as signing players of the quality of Joe Willock, then he will have to consider leaving. We are now 54 days into the transfer window and not a single signing, only 13 days until the Premier League season kicks off, indeed Steve Bruce admitted on Friday that Newcastle haven’t even made an offer for a single player so far this summer. With ASM having a mystery ‘illness’ and Steve Bruce saying he can only give limited details out, no wonder so many Newcastle fans are adding two and two together and interpreting ‘illness’ as equalling behind the scenes moves from ASM to try and leave…here’s hoping it is not the case.

No doubt many of you will find the Callum Wilson quotes on Graeme Jones especially amusing…in relation to Steve Bruce.

Alan Shearer interviewing Callum Wilson for The Athletic:

Alan Shearer saying:

‘He [Callum Wilson] and Saint-Maximin are our difference-makers and he says the Frenchman has “come back with a mindset that’s really focused, like he’s got a drive. He said to me, ‘I want to go to the World Cup with France’.”

I can be hard on Saint-Maximin when I’m analysing matches, but I was the same as a player. We know he can dribble and go past people and his feet are unbelievably quick, but as an old centre-forward he frustrates the hell out of me. More often than not, I’m thinking, “F.cking hell, just get the cross in!” He can do it, so why not do it more often? I’d be screaming at him (some of my arguments with David Ginola …) I wonder aloud if Callum is the same.

He laughs. “In training, I say to him, ‘Listen, you would be so much better if you do your skills and then do the simple thing and sometimes you don’t even need to do skills because you’re so quick and powerful. Just go and pass it simple’,” he says. “He’ll take on a player, take him on again and take him on again and I’ll be, ‘Look, you can do that, but can you do the other side? Because that’s what’s going to take you from Newcastle to the France World Cup squad’.

“I’ve told him, ‘I’ll be in the right positions to make sure you get your assists and you can do the same for me’. He drags so many people away, then he turns with the ball and then it’s ‘Right, can you find me now?’. Unfortunately, he has an illness, but the more we play together, the more we’ll do that. After the Burnley game last year, I said to him, ‘That was unbelievable, you can be a world-beater like that, so do it more often’.

“This year, if we both say fit, we can build on that. The manager wants to play him [ASM] as a No 10 which is perfect for me. I don’t want to drop in because I’m going the opposite way to goal. He wants to drop in because he’s a bit lazy and doesn’t want to run in behind! I’ve said, ‘I’ll do your running, I’ll backtrack on your midfielders, just turn and pass when you get an opportunity’. That’s all I want. Put him in the middle and he can make slick passes and get shots off.”

Graeme Jones:

“I think Graeme Jones coming in as a coach (in January), definitely complemented the manager because he’s a little bit more tactically aware and up to date, whereas the manager has his different strengths and attributes.

“When you see the results towards the back end of the season and the way we were in games, we had more of a style and philosophy. That will happen from the start of the season with a good coach around to help out the previous coaches.”

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