Former Aston Villa ace Gabby Agbonlahor has made a quite big claim on Newcastle United star Callum Wilson.
Speaking to Football Insider, he expressed his disappointment at the former AFC Bournemouth striker for choosing to sign for the St. James’ Park faithful instead of Dean Smith’s team.
Was Wilson a good signing by Newcastle United?
Indeed, Villa had reportedly had a £15m bid rejected before the Tyneside club made a £20m offer that was eventually accepted by the Cherries.
While Agbonlahor was clearly in admiration of Wilson, he did not seem too impressed that the Magpies managed to snap him up ahead of his old side:
“Pace kills, simple as that. If you’ve got pace on your team then you’ll cause problems.
“Wilson, I’ve got him in my fantasy football team, I knew he was going to score goals. He’s the perfect striker they needed.
“I was surprised when Aston Villa didn’t get him, I was disappointed he chose Newcastle. He can score goals, he’s a poacher, you look at his second goal (against Everton) he’s there on the line, and he’s got the pace to run in behind and it’s something that Newcastle needed.
“Andy Carroll does a job for a plan B but you can’t rely on him. Steve Bruce knew that, he always said at Villa ‘you’re only as good as your strikers’.
“Bringing in Wilson is the perfect player to play on the counter attack and play hold up play, and run in behind. He can score, head, he’s got everything.”
Wilson was a shrewd signing by Newcastle
Indeed, Wilson has proved to be a shrewd signing by Steve Bruce so far in the 2020/21 term.
The England international has scored no fewer than six goals while also chipping in with an assist in just nine games in all competitions (Transfermarkt).
It is not just his goal scoring ability that Wilson has offered Bruce either, as the 28 year-old has won a quite impressive 4.1 of his duels per game in the Premier League so far this season, as well as averaging 1.6 shots a match (Sofascore), suggesting that he is a handful of defenders whenever he gets a sniff of the goal.
Wilson needs help around him
Indeed, Wilson cannot score on his own, and thus should be demanding the forwards in and around him to help him out when he goes through barren spells.
Andy Carroll and Joelinton have not scored a goal between them so far in the top flight this campaign, which will need to be changed so that Wilson does not take so much of the burden on his shoulders.
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