Newcastle United striker Callum Wilson says he is aiming to succeed in handling the pressure involved with leading the line at St James’ Park and avoid the same issues Joelinton encountered, per Chronicle Live.
Joelinton was brought to Newcastle for a club-record £40 million last summer and was handed the club’s iconic number nine shirt. However, the Brazilian seemed to be weighed down by the pressure on his shoulders to be the Magpies’ leading forward and he registered just two league goals.
Now, Wilson has vowed not to ‘crumble’ under the same pressure.
Newcastle finally find marksman
Alan Shearer recently described Joelinton as getting ‘royally shafted’ by the Magpies for handing him the number nine shirt, along with all the pressure that came with that and his price tag. That is reflected in the numbers he produced last term with the forward averaging just one shot per game, per Sofascore.
Newcastle rectified their mistake this summer by bringing in Wilson from Bournemouth. The 28-year-old has hit the ground running and fired in four goals in his opening five Premier League matches. That has seen him carry the goal-scoring burden and help Steve Bruce’s side in the final third.
Speaking to Chronicle Live, Wilson outlined his ambitions to be the forward to fire the club to the next level. While he also revealed he is ready to handle the weight of expectations that come with being the club’s main scorer, where Joelinton struggled last term.
He said: “When the opportunity arose I knew there was a lot of demand on the strikers. Rightly so – it is a huge club. Strikers are what fire a club to new ground.
“For me, it’s an exciting challenge, I will thrive off it. That pressure sometimes you can crumble or take yourself to another level.
“There can be a lot of talk about individual numbers at the club.
“That’s what I hope – that I hit new heights. Obviously, I want to get this club back up the league where they deserve to be.
“It can add pressure to players who don’t necessarily need it. I think Joe has experienced that last season.
“It is quite a heavy number given the great careers some have had. There have been other players in different shirts who have been heroes for the club. As long as you play for the badge on the front it doesn’t matter.”
Wilson proving to be an astute buy
Bruce was under pressure heading into the summer window to show that he could find a striker who could thrive in his all too negative system. Wilson has been able to do that, with the forward averaging two shots per game and scoring at a rate of 0.8 per match, via Sofascore.
The Magpies do not tend to create a plethora of chances in the last third under Bruce, which is why a clinical marksman was needed. The 28-year-old can have a quiet game but then find that moment in front of goal when it comes his way. That ability saw him labelled as ‘excellent’ in the final third by Eddie Howe whilst at Bournemouth and the Magpies need him to carry on his form.
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