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Bent Urges This English Striker To Go To Newcastle United: Should Bruce Bring Him On Board?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent interview with talkSPORT (4:59 pm, September 3, 2020), former Premier League striker Darren Bent urged Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson to go to Newcastle United this summer when he said (transcripted by HITC),

“I would love to see him go to Newcastle because if he goes up there, they love their number nines. Massive football club, big fanbase, and it’s a fantastic place to live as well.”

Wilson’s Frustrating Form At The Vitality Stadium Last Season

Wilson ended the last campaign in misery as he failed to help his side avoid relegation from the English top-flight. He was unable to break into double figures mark after scoring just nine goals and providing three assists in 39 appearances for the Cherries last season across all fronts.

The 28-year-old had a subpar campaign based on his average of 1.6 shots, 0.8 key passes and 0.7 dribbles per 90 minutes in the top tier of England. He finished the 2019-20 season with a pass success rate of 64.5% to his name which highlights his shortcomings when distributing the ball in league football (stats via whoscored).

The Coventry-born marksman can be a prolific goal-getter when he is playing with confidence in the final third. Wilson’s electric pace and his knack for scoring goals make him a decent attacking option for any top-flight side in England.

Bent urges Callum Wilson to go to Newcastle United (Wilson is celebrating in the photo)
Callum Wilson of AFC Bournemouth celebrates after scoring his team’s third goal during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and AFC Bournemouth at St Mary’s Stadium on September 20, 2019, in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

What Will The English Striker Bring To The Table?

Wilson has developed a habit of stretching the opposition defence through his clever running with and without the ball. He managed to be a reliable goal-scorer for Bournemouth during their time in the Premier League. The Cherries star is proficient at making space for himself to get a few shots in on-target that makes him a constant menace for the opponent defenders.

The English forward struck up a productive attacking partnership with Joshua King at the south coast of England. Thus, there is a concern that he might struggle without a complimentary partner at St. James’ Park next season if Steve Bruce decides to recruit him this summer.

Should The Magpies Get Wilson On Board This Summer?

Wilson will add plenty of pace and goals to the Newcastle frontline. He could also serve as a significant upgrade over Joelinton, Andy Carroll, Dwight Gayle and Yoshinori Muto at Tyneside in the coming seasons. None of them managed to give a good account of themselves for Newcastle last season.

Therefore, it is only logical for the Magpies to opt for a new centre-forward like Wilson before the transfer window slams shut later this year. At 28, Wilson still has a lot of football left in him and can benefit from listening to Bent’s advice by opting to sign for the Tyneside giants in this off-season. The four-time England international will improve the quality of Newcastle’s first-team considerably, so Bruce should think about orchestrating a summer move to bring him on board.

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