Newcastle backed to sign striker after Wilson development - Campbell

Kevin Campbell has backed Newcastle United to sign a new striker this summer to provide adequate back-up for Callum Wilson.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Arsenal and Everton star suggested Dwight Gayle and Joelinton are not good enough to cover for the 29-year-old when he is sidelined.

Wilson was ruled out for the remainder of the 2020-21 campaign last week after he suffered a hamstring injury in the 4-2 win over Leicester City.

The £20million signing from Bournemouth is the Magpies’ top scorer this season, with 12 goals and five assists in his 26 Premier League appearances.

Speaking to talkSPORT last week, Toon boss Steve Bruce pointed to Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin’s absence earlier in the season when explaining the club’s dip in form.

When asked by Football Insider if Newcastle needed to sign another striker given Wilson’s injury record, Campbell said:

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“They can rely on Callum Wilson next season even though he’s had his injury problems but maybe they need to sign a better backup.

“All of the balls are up in the air at Newcastle, let’s be honest.

“If you look at Newcastle, will Saint-Maximin be there? That would be my big worry. We are not sure what is going to happen with him.

“In terms of Wilson, they have got Dwight Gayle and Joelinton who can provide backup for him but they did really struggle when Wilson was out.

“There is backup options there but are they good enough? I think they will address the lack of striker strength in depth in the summer.” 

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