Callum Wilson facing Newcastle axe amid 'concerning' development - pundit
Newcastle could sign a first-choice striker to replace Callum Wilson this summer as his injury “concerns” continue, according to Danny Mills.
The former England defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 30-year-old could play a backup role next term.
As revealed by manager Eddie Howe in his press conference on Friday (6 May), Wilson has a “good chance” of being involved against Man City on Sunday (8 May) after training “really well” during the week.
The England international had been sidelined since the end of December 2021 with a calf injury.
Injury problems have plagued Wilson since back-to-back cruciate ligament ruptures during his time at Bournemouth in 2015 and 2017.
Mills suggested the striker is incapable of completing a full season without sustaining injury.
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“I think he’s ahead of Chris Wood by some distance,” he told Football Insider‘s Connor Whitley.
“It just depends on whether Newcastle decide he is fit enough to lead the line for the whole season.
“That’ll be the only reason they decide to move him well down the pecking order.
“Yes, they’ll be looking to strengthen – but if you can guarantee his fitness for the whole season, they’ll probably be looking for a backup.
“But he’s had his troubles with injury – and therefore I can see him finishing up as the backup for Newcastle next season.
“He isn’t going to be fit for a full season – and that’s the concern.”
Wilson is contracted until June 2024 at Newcastle.
The Coventry-born hitman has netted six goals in 15 games this term.