Bournemouth supporters have been pretty downbeat in recent times after seeing their side suffer a second successive Premier League defeat at the weekend.
Eddie Howe’s men went into their encounter with lowly Newcastle United off the back of losing 2-1 at the hands of Manchester United in their previous league clash, and thus seeking a response when they made the trip to the North East on Saturday. Yet the Cherries made the long journey back to the South Coast empty-handed as a brace from Salomon Rondon inspired the Magpies to a 2-1 success, with Jefferson Lerma’s strike on the stroke of half time not enough to inspire a Bournemouth comeback.
As such, there have been many disappointed Bournemouth fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are likely to be intrigued by recent comments from Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville, who has heaped praise on striker Callum Wilson by stating that he ‘definitely deserves’ his call up to the England squad this week.
Ultimately, it has been a testing time for the 26-year-old at Bournemouth following his move from Coventry City back in the summer of 2014, as although he excelled in netting 20 times in 45 Championship games to help the Cherries win promotion in the 2014/15 season, injuries then hugely hindered his progress.
Wilson actually started the 2015/16 season well with five goals in his first seven games for Howe’s side before sustaining a bad knee injury against Stoke City, which saw him miss much of the rest of the season in appearing just a further six times that term.
Yet he soon got back into goal-scoring form at the start of the 2016/17 campaign before again suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury, this time in his left knee, in February 2017, which thus ruled him out of action until October of that year.
Since then though, Wilson has stayed clear of injuries and appears to have been making up for lost time in excelling upfront for the South Coast club, finishing last season with eight Premier League goals to his name to help Bournemouth to 12th place in the top-flight – he has become a lynchpin on the South Coast in recent times such has been his impressive form in front of goal.
And this season he has taken it up another level with a remarkable six goals in just 12 league games for the Cherries, leaving Wilson as the joint-top English goal-scorer in the Premier League this term alongside Tottenham’s Harry Kane, Brighton’s Glenn Murray, and Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling – that itself underlines just why he deserved an England call up.
Add in his mightily impressive tally of four assists alongside his six goals, and there are few Premier League strikers in better form than the Cherries ace – he has proven to have the all round game to succeed at a high level.
As such, Neville is absolutely right to heap praise on the 26-year-old for ‘playing well’ and thus deservedly forcing his way into Gareth Southgate’s England plans for the coming international break – the Bournemouth lynchpin has responded brilliantly to adversity in recent years to now play the best football of his career to date.
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