Callum Wilson reveals how Eddie Howe’s West Ham analysis has led to NUFC preparation
Newcastle face West Ham in the early kick-off on Saturday
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The Hammers are flying high in the Premier League and vying for a place in the Champions League.
Howe’s Magpies are at the other end of the table but are buoyant after three wins on the trot.
Newcastle talisman Wilson, who is still sidelined through injury, was speaking with Michail Antonio on The Footballer’s Football Podcast this week.
The weekly show on BBC Sounds had an extra edge to it this week as Wilson and Antonio prepared for their sides to face-off in the early kick-off on Saturday, February 19.
As well as ribbing each other and playing some not-so-subtle mind games, the strikers discussed how their respective managers had been preparing for the match.
Wilson admitted that Howe would have watched West Ham’s 2-2 thriller against Leicester City on Sunday shortly after United’s fixture against Aston Villa finished.
He said: “As a manager, he's very detailed.
“We obviously do video analysis and work out strengths and weaknesses.
“Then you train, you practice the way you're going to play against you, so how you're going to exploit your weakness and how we're going to nullify your threats.
“That's it in a nutshell.”
Hammers forward Antonio admitted that David Moyes had been doing similar in preparation for The Magpies’ visit.
He said Moyes’ preparation was ‘massive’.
Antonio added: “We do a video of the team the day before and then we work on the shape and stuff like that.
“David Moyes is very diligent and you can see it with our shape, it's difficult to break us down because of our work in the week for the upcoming team.
“This week we'll be working all week on how you guys play, how you guys shape up, what your strengths are and what your weakness are.”
Wilson opened the podcast with some light-hearted trash talk for his footballing friend.
The Hammers star hasn’t scored in the Premier League since New Year’s Day after a prolific start to the campaign.
Wilson said: “said: “You're still not scoring though I see.
“You're letting everyone else do the work for you and you're not contributing.
“What's going on?”
Antonio responded “The drought can end at any stage, and hopefully it's this weekend.
“Our fans are expecting us to get three points and thinking it's an easy three points but in the Premier League there's no easy game, especially your quality of late.”