Tottenham return pencilled in for Callum Wilson – What now in the meantime…?
I don’t think anybody would disagree if you say that Callum Wilson is key to Newcastle United’s season.
A very good Premier League level striker and goalscorer, Wilson’s importance further heightened by Mike Ashley’s refusal to bring in any proper striker back up this summer. Sorry, make that any striker back up this summer.
Andy Carroll and Yoshinori Muto moved on without any replacement(s) brought in.
Joelinton another woeful return last season of only four goals in 31 Premier League appearances, whilst Steve Bruce refused to play Dwight Gayle – only four PL starts all season. Even with Callum Wilson missing a significant chunk (started only 23 of 38 PL games) of last season, Gayle was all but completely sidelined from the PL starting elevens.
This season, Gayle not given a single PL minute on the pitch, Joelinton featuring in all four PL games and the replacement for an injured Callum Wilson on Saturday.
This feels all very familiar…
Last season, despite only 23 Premier League starts, Callum Wilson was directly involved in 17 PL goals, scoring 12 and five assists in 2,086 minutes of action, on average involved in a goal every 122 minutes.
This time, three PL starts so far and scored two goals in 244 minutes, directly involved in a goal every 122 minutes yet again.
However, it is totally negligent for Mike Ashley and Steve Bruce to totally ignore the fact that Callum Wilson has had so many injury issues in the past and that has continued to be the case with Newcastle, another striker / goalscorer had to be a massive priority this summer.
It was revealed after the Southampton match that Callum Wilson had been carrying an injury problem after a disrupted pre-season.
Forced off in that Southampton game after having scored earlier in the match, it has emerged that Wilson now has a quad muscle injury. The striker did have treatment after suffering the injury in the first half but carried on, until later having no choice but to come off.
The Athletic are reporting that their sources tell them that at least six weeks will be needed for Callum Wilson to be ready to make a playing return.
That is bang in the middle of the October international break and seven weeks of recovery would see him potentially then line up against Tottenham at home on Sunday 17 October.
Steve Bruce has said that he can’t put a timescale on a return for Callum Wilson, the same for Jonjo Shelvey and Martin Dubravka.
Starting on Friday, in a fifteen day time span, Newcastle face Leeds at home, then Watford and Wolves away, with seemingly minimal / zero chance of Callum Wilson featuring.
Who Steve Bruce plays in his absence and how many, if any, points Newcastle pick up, is anybody’s guess.
Things don’t look any easier when hopefully Wilson will return, a trio of games against Spurs and Chelsea at home, with Palace away in between.
The preparation for this season has been an absolute shambles at Newcastle United and we have seen that clearly impacting on the matches so far. I have a horrible feeling that things could get a lot worse before they get any better.
Joe Willock was one of three (as well as Clark and Manquillo) who Steve Bruce reported as new injury concerns after Man Utd, just how massive would a win against Leeds be as Newcastle are currently only kept off the very bottom by Norwich.
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