Kevin Phillips has claimed that Newcastle United have been gifted a ‘massive boost’, with Callum Wilson fit to play against Tottenham Hotspur this afternoon.
The Lowdown: Wilson fit for Spurs clash
Ahead of his milestone 1,000th game as a manager, Steve Bruce revealed in his pre-match press conference that the 29-year-old is fit to play today, as are Jamaal Lascelles and Jonjo Shelvey after injury scares.
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However, both Martin Dubravka and Paul Dummett are still not available.
The Latest: Phillips reacts
Speaking to Football Insider, former Sunderland striker Phillips has given his reaction to the news, claiming that having Wilson back on the pitch after his hamstring injury will be a ‘massive plus’ for Newcastle. The pundit said:
“It’ll be a massive boost to have Wilson back.
“He’s an excellent player, he certainly brings quality to the squad when he plays.
“He is a goal threat, and that is something that Newcastle haven’t had when he’s been out.
“Another good thing about him is he can create something out of nothing, he’s got the power and he’s quick.
“It will be a massive plus to have him back in front of a packed St James’ Park.”
The Verdict: First win on the cards
With Wilson back and playing in front of a buzzing St James’ Park after the takeover by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) consortium was finally completed, a first win in the Premier League this season could well be on the cards for Newcastle.
The Magpies have not been able to win any of their last four league games without their talisman, while only managing to score four goals in that time, with Wilson himself scoring two in their first three fixtures (Transfermarkt).
They are a much more potent team with him on the pitch, and with the added threats of Allan Saint-Maximin and Joe Willock in attack, the latter being a former Arsenal player of course, Newcastle should fancy themselves at home to Spurs today.
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