Newcastle handed 'massive boost' after final training session pre-Tottenham - Phillips
Kevin Phillips has insisted Callum Wilson’s return for Newcastle against Tottenham this Sunday will be a “massive boost”.
The former Sunderland striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted Steve Bruce’s men have missed the 29-year-old’s “goal threat” during his injury layoff.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference today (October 15th), Newcastle boss Steve Bruce confirmed that Wilson, Jamal Lascelles and Jonjo Shelvey are all fit to take on Spurs in this Sunday’s clash.
The former Bournemouth striker has been sidelined since the end of August after suffering from a hamstring complaint.
Wilson scored two goals in his first three Premier League games before the injury.
Allan Saint-Maximin has been leading the line in the England international’s absence as Newcastle remain winless in the Premier League.
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Phillips claimed the striker’s return will elevate Sunday’s raucous atmosphere at St James’ Park even further.
“It’ll be a massive boost to have Wilson back,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury after the final training session before the match took place today.
“He’s an excellent player, he certainly brings quality to the squad when he plays.
“He is a goal threat, and that is something that Newcastle haven’t had when he’s been out.
“Another good thing about him is he can create something out of nothing, he’s got the power and he’s quick.
“It will be a massive plus to have him back in front of a packed St James’ Park.”
Wilson signed for Newcastle last summer following the relegation of Bournemouth, costing a reported £20million.
He scored 12 goals in 26 league games during his first season on Tyneside.
The talisman also struggled with hamstring problems last term, missing 11 total games as a result of three separate injuries (per Transfermarkt).