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Newcastle might rue promoting £15m star who’s now outscoring Wilson


Newcastle United have made quite a few eye-catching and big-money signings since PIF formally accomplished their takeover of the membership from Mike Ashley again in October 2021.

Eddie Howe was shortly appointed because the staff’s new head coach, after Steve Bruce was relieved of his duties, and the English tactician was allowed to splash the money in his first switch window in cost.

In January 2022, the previous Bournemouth supervisor swooped to signal Matt Targett on mortgage, and Kieran Trippier, Dan Burn, Chris Wooden, and Bruno Guimaraes on everlasting offers in an try and propel his facet up the desk.

The remaining, as they are saying, is historical past because the Magpies went on to realize survival after which pushed on – with the assistance of signings like Sven Botman and Alexander Isak – to qualify for the Champions League the next season.

Of that preliminary raft of signings underneath PIF and Howe, Wooden is the one participant not on the membership as Trippier, Burn, and Guimaraes stay key gamers, and Targett continues to be on the books.

The Newcastle boss might, nonetheless, rue cashing in on the New Zealand worldwide as he has been in terrific kind within the Premier League this season, outscoring present Toon star Callum Wilson.

How a lot Newcastle bought Chris Wooden for

Nottingham Forest initially signed the attacker on mortgage in January of final 12 months – 12 months on from his transfer to St. James’ Park – with an obligation to make it everlasting for £15m in the summertime.

That got here after Newcastle had paid a staggering £25m to signal him from Premier League rivals Burnley again in 2023, to bolster their strikeforce on the time.


He arrived as a confirmed scorer within the top-flight, with a return of 49 objectives in 144 league appearances for the Clarets, however might solely muster up two objectives in 17 matches and 15 begins for the Magpies throughout the second half of the 2021/22 marketing campaign.

Wooden then spent the primary half of the next season with Newcastle and produced two objectives in 4 begins and 18 appearances in complete within the Premier League.

Howe then determined to ditch the previous Burnley star halfway by way of the 2022/23 marketing campaign by promoting him – through an preliminary mortgage spell – to Nottingham Forest, after a return of 4 objectives in 19 top-flight begins in a single 12 months on Tyneside.

His present kind for the Difficult Bushes could also be making the Magpies remorse that call, as he has outscored Wilson in all competitions this time period.

Callum Wilson’s season in numbers

The England worldwide got here into this season off the again of a terrific return of 18 objectives and 5 assists in 36 matches for Newcastle in all competitions final time period.

His kind has dropped off barely throughout the present marketing campaign, nonetheless, because the 32-year-old quantity 9 has plundered eight objectives and one help in 22 video games in all competitions.


The previous Bournemouth star has not been at his scientific greatest in entrance of purpose. He has scored seven objectives from an xG (Anticipated Targets) of seven.35 throughout 16 outings within the Premier League, after 18 objectives from 17.49 xG final season.

Wilson has missed six ‘large probabilities’ within the division this season as he has been wasteful with the alternatives which have come his approach at instances.

Callum Wilson’s damage file since August 2022


Days out

Matches missed

Chest – ongoing



Calf – December 2023



Hamstring – November 2023



Hamstring – September 2023



Virus – November 2022



Hamstring – August 2022



By way of Transfermarkt

As you may see within the desk above, accidents have performed their half in Wilson’s struggles because the centre-forward has already missed 23 video games and counting by way of damage this season.

His constant availability points seem to have lastly caught up with him because the striker has not been a dependable performer for Howe and Newcastle throughout the present marketing campaign, by way of each his availability and his ending within the closing third.

Regardless of his struggles, nonetheless, solely Anthony Gordon (ten) and Isak (16) have scored extra objectives for the Magpies in all competitions, which means that the English boss doesn’t have a plethora of standard scorers accessible to him at this second in time.

Chris Wooden’s goalscoring kind for Forest

The 32-year-old star, who is similar age as Wilson, has been in terrific kind in entrance of purpose for Steve Cooper and Nuno Espirito Santo this time period.

He has solely missed eight video games by way of damage all season, lower than half as many because the Newcastle striker, and has solely been absent for 20 matches because the begin of the 2021/22 marketing campaign, which exhibits that he’s dependable relating to availability.

Wooden has additionally been dependable on the high finish of the pitch for Forest this time period, with a return of ten objectives and one help in all competitions for the membership.

The previous Leeds marksman has produced 9 objectives and one help in 11 Premier League begins and 22 appearances in complete all through the season, with these 9 strikes coming from an xG of 6.04.

Three of these objectives, after all, got here in a 3-1 win for Forest in opposition to Newcastle at St. James’ Park earlier this season, because the spectacular goal man scored with all three of his photographs within the match.

As you may see within the desk above, Wooden has outperformed Wilson in entrance of purpose this season by scoring extra objectives from much less xG, together with 4 fewer ‘large probabilities’ missed, while they’ve each solely assisted one purpose.

Howe might, due to this fact, rue promoting the New Zealand worldwide because the Magpies boss might have executed with that degree of scoring energy this season, given the English ahead’s struggles each on and off the pitch with kind and damage.

Newcastle will now be hoping that Wilson can return from his present difficulty and get again to his greatest on Tyneside to make sure that the membership don’t proceed to look again on their £15m sale of Wooden with remorse.