Our latest signing in the summer has been an astute addition to the team.

Callum Wilson, was born in Coventry and went on to play for his home town club in 2009, scoring 22 goals from 49 appearances, he then went on loan through the lower divisions .  A brief spell with Kettering Town and then to Tamworth.  The move to a higher division inevitably followed.

The transfer fee paid on this occasion was modest.  With that in mind it is half the fee that was spent on bringing Joelinton to Tyneside!  It should also be worth noting, that Wilson has a proven track record.  He came to Newcastle from Bournemouth for £20m.

I was very pleased when our main striker signed, more so what impressed me most was that he had clearly researched the club’s history.  I always felt a strong, bustling centre forward is something we have been severely lacking since Soloman Rondon left our shores to move to China.

Callum Wilson, I believe has many attributes which make him such a feared centre forward.  I also admire greatly, his hard work and as such had to carve a career the “hard way”.  Moving up through the lower divisions I sense would have hardened his resolve, the rough and tumble of the lower leagues would be a test of a strikers credentials.  The hard knocks can either make or break your career.

Unselfish strikers are often overlooked, in the sense that their all round play and assists for others, often mean they are potentially, sacrificing more goals for themselves.  The hard work for the team means they are held in such high regard by the fans.

Wilson is such a clever player, his physical approach means he can often hold up the ball, however for someone who is tall, he is deceptively quick, dragging defenders out of position, creating space for Almiron and others to create chances.

The opening weekend of the new season against West Ham was one where the team got off to an excellent start.  Wilson scored on his league debut, he arguably could and probably should have scored another.  A major threat from set pieces means he is able to use his powerful heading ability to score many goals.

In terms of our history, the number 9 shirt is revered at St James’ Park.  I know that at present Wilson has number 13, but so far he is our main striker, a leading number 9, setting the bench mark for the side, the modern day style is usually to go with one striker.

This can often lead to isolation, and lack of service.  Wilson epitomises old fashioned centre forward play, make your own chances, by receiving the ball and holding it up, it relieves some pressure on the back line and can allow possibly De Andre Yedlin or Matt Ritchie to make runs beyond the half way line and create chances.

The debut goal for me was Wilson at his best, stealing a march on the Hammers defence and also beating the goal keeper to a cross.  He simply wanted it more, and put his body in where it hurts.  The ability Wilson has shown thus far is one which will endear himself to the Toon Army.  In terms of potential, I believe with the security of a long term contract, Callum Wilson can cement his place in Geordie folklore.

My only concern would be that Mike Ashley has often looked to sell on our best assets for financial gain, the hierarchy don’t often give interviews, leaving the supporters to draw their own conclusions.  Andy Carroll left for Liverpool, as did Jose Enrique.  Undoubtedly this season when Wilson hasn’t played we have looked totally devoid of attacking nous.  I sense that Gareth Southgate could potentially look at involving him in the upcoming matches in preparation for this summers European Championships.  He may not make the squad, but if you are good enough , you should be old enough!

In conclusion I sense that this may be a huge season for Wilson, provided he doesn’t sustain any serious injuries, I think he could get 15 goals, possibly tipping towards 20.  This is also dependent on him getting reliable, and consistent service.  Making chances of your own accord, may well mean you can reach a healthy total, which may well preserve our Premier League status, I for one would want to take that chance!

SAM WILSON