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Callum Wilson’s rise through the footballing ranks has been well documented in recent years. The striker, now of AFC Bournemouth, began his footballing career with Coventry City after progressing through the Sky Blues’ academy as a youngster.
Brief loan spells away from the West Midlands club – firstly with Kettering Town and then with Tamworth – during the 2011/12 campaign may have dampened the now-27-year-old’s spirits – but, it in fact proved quite the contrary.
During an interview with BBC Sport last year, the Cherries front man admitted that playing in the Conference North made him realise that he wanted more from his career.
“It showed me that I did not want to be at that level throughout my career. I wanted to make more of myself,” he said, speaking openly about his journey from the sixth-tier of English part-time football to the very top of the ladder.
“It gave me the hunger and desire to impress my club manager at the time and then eventually go back to my home club and play.”
Having returned to his parent club at the beginning of 2012, Wilson worked hard to establish himself as a first-team regular at the Ricoh Arena. 23 goals and 7 assists in 55 outings for the EFL club made him one of the hottest prospects in the Football League and, in the summer of 2014, he was bought by Bournemouth – then of the Championship – for just £3.3m (per Transfermarkt).
In his debut season on the south coast, Wilson helped earn his new club promotion to the Premier League. The rest, you may say, is history. Wilson has gone on to find the net 59 times for the Cherries – 34 of those goals coming in the top-flight – and last year earned himself a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s senior England squad, where he scored on his debut in a friendly against the USA.
The England forward has been linked with big-money moves to the likes of Tottenham and Chelsea during recent transfer windows, with a price tag of £75m being talked about as his potential costing in today’s market.
For now, though, Wilson remains a Bournemouth player. He has started this season promisingly, scoring and assisting once in his opening four games for Eddie Howe’s men.
Should he keep up this type of form, whilst continuing to establish himself in the England set-up, it could be just a matter of time before we see this former non-league starlet earn a huge money move to one of the world’s biggest clubs.
If that does happen, it makes Bournemouth’s business five years ago seem even shrewder.
Bournemouth fans, is Callum Wilson your club’s best-ever signing?
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