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It's time to put some respect on Callum Wilson's name

Tuesday 20th November 2018
Wilson's on fire...
Wilson's on fire...

Image Via: Flickr/Ungry Young Man.

The year is 2011, Callum Wilson is sent out on loan by parent club Coventry City. The striker heads to Kettering Town, for whom he plays seventeen times, scoring just one goal. During the season following, the-then teenager was off on loan again, this time to Tamworth City. He'd play three times, again, finding the net just once. Then came his big break...

In 2013/14, Wilson would discover his shooting boots. In 42 games for Coventry, the Englishman struck 22 goals for the League One side. Championship team AFC Bournemouth came knocking, a £3million fee was agreed. During his debut season with The Cherries, Wilson struck 23 times in 50 competitive games, helping his team earn their rightful place in the Premier League. Now into his fourth season in the top-flight, things have never looked better for the striker...

Eddie Howe's Bournemouth are playing some scintillating stuff. They're currently sitting in a European spot, ahead of teams including Manchester United, Everton and Leicester City. Perhaps the South Coast side is this season's surprise package, ala Burnley from 2017/18, but, fronted by Wilson, Bournemouth is going from strength-to-strength, and, quite frankly, it's brilliant watching so many homegrown players succeeding.

We're just twelve games into the current campaign, Wilson has an impressive six strikes in that time. He has spearheaded an attack with pace aplenty. The 26-year-old has become Bournemouth's leader, scoring some hugely important goals while continually leading by example. He's not just the 'tap-in merchant' that some would have you believe. Wilson's all-round game is improving week-on-week.

I don't think it's a stretch to say that internationally, England is in the best place they've been in over the last decade or so. To earn your first Three Lions call-up during that time, particularly when competing for places in the team with superstars like Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford tells you everything you need to know. Wilson wasn't content with just being included in Gareth Southgate's squad, however. The striker would go on to score England's third in a 3-0 victory over the United States. Again, the overall performance was something to be proud of.

Wilson ran in behind, he worked the channels, he came deep to collect the ball. While he was on the pitch, the USA defenders had their hands full. The 26-year-old finally earned his deserved goal and the whole country was delighted for a man who has worked his way from the very bottom of the footballing pyramid to England's pinnacle. His story really is the stuff of makebelieve, and I couldn't be happier for such a likeable bloke.

What's interesting is that he's still relatively young. Professionals don't tend to hit their peaks until their late-twenties, Wilson's best years could still be to come. He's flourishing in a system that suits him perfectly, but don't be surprised if the Premier League big-boys come calling if he continues scoring at this rate. I would certainly urge him to think twice about leaving Howe and Bournemouth behind, however, particularly if they find themselves in the Europa League next season...

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Jordan Street

Jordan Street, 25-year old sports writer. Avid Manchester United fan and season ticket holder. Lover of the Premier League. Enjoys American sports. Tom Brady's biggest admirer, Kyrie Irving for MVP.


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