Callum Wilson gives insider verdict on ‘strange’ NUFC transfer window

Callum Wilson revealed what it was like seeing the doctor rushing off to medicals

Callum Wilson has admitted that Newcastle United's business in the January transfer window was 'strange' for him to watch.

The talisman was talking with West Ham United forward Michail Antonio on The Footballer's Football Podcast as the two discussed their club's incomings.

Antonio sounded bemused at The Hammers' lack of moves in the window, but that of course wasn't the same case at St. James' Park.

A total of five signings arrived on Tyneside with Kieran Trippier, Chris Wood, Bruno Guimarães, Matt Targett and Dan Burn joining the ranks.

The latter three of those names all arrived on a busy Deadline Day for the club.

‘It was a strange one’

Bruno Guimares of Brazil kicks the ball against Alex Valera of Peru during a match between Brazil and Peru as part of South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022 at Arena Pernambuco on September 09, 2021

Wilson, who is currently battling a calf injury, hasn't been involved in training as he recovers and described the business behind the scenes during the window.

He said: "It was a strange one.

"One minute the doctor's there at the club, the next he's gone to do a medical.

"I've not heard much about Bruno, but I'm sure he's a great talent.

"He's only going to add quality to our squad.

"Looking forward to seeing him train and play."

‘We’ve not signed any huge price tags’

Newcastle signed Chris Wood in January after activating a £25million release clause in his Burnley contract.

The striker, who has six goals in 15 Premier League appearances this season, went on to praise the new owners' wise spending.

He said: "Watching Deadline Day, it was the first time I was actually aware that players were going to join the club and who was joining the club.

"It's interesting watching people moving to other clubs, but I guess the guys were busy in Newcastle sorting deals and getting the best players available to help us between now and the end of the season.

"You also need ready-made players you know what you're going to get from.

“We've not signed any huge price tags but at this point in the seas, where we are in the league, you definitely need people who are going to dig in and fight for the cause."

The striker had previously welcomed the arrival of Chris Wood from relegation rivals Burnley, despite the added competition for his place up front.

Wilson said that Wood would 'bring out the dog' in him once he returned from injury.

Injury update

Callum Wilson of Newcastle United reacts with an injury during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St James' Park on December 27, 2021 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Speaking on the latest podcast, Wilson also opened up about his injury.

He admitted recovery "is moving slow" and stated he didn't want to rush anything.

Wilson added: "I'm just making sure I'm ticking all the boxes, doing all the things I possibly can to get back in a safe way.

"At the minute, there's no definite time frame when I'm going to get back.

"I don't want to come back and not be able to affect the game and just be taking part."