Callum Wilson candidly reflects on an eventful first season at Newcastle United
Callum Wilson has reflected on his first year at Newcastle United.
The striker was ruled out of the club's last three Premier League games after suffering a hamstring injury in last week’s 4-2 win over Leicester City.
Wilson, signed from Bournemouth last summer in a £20million deal, took his goal tally to 12 with two strikes at the King Power Stadium.
"It’s been a good start to my career at a new club,” said Wilson in an interview with the club’s matchday programme. “Scoring on my debut was one of the highlights.
"It’s disappointing it wasn’t with fans, but we’ve got next season for that.
"Scoring in my first few games kind of gives everyone around you that confidence that you’re going to be able to fulfil what’s expected of you.
"People associated me with goals, and I was signed to score goals. When you start doing that straight away, people are like ‘OK, this is good’. They help you create chances as well, because they know than more often than not, you’re going to take them.
"You come into the club, you come with a bit of a price tag, and people are watching you in training, watching you around the place and seeing how you perform on a matchday, ultimately.
"For me, it was nice to know the lads as early as possible – it helped knowing a few players in the squad already like Matt and Ryan, so it helps you settle a little bit easier too – and then once you get a goal on your debut, you’ve got it out of the way, and you can just build on that.”