Eddie Howe names the £20m star that has a ‘long-term future’ at Newcastle United

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Eddie Howe wants Callum Wilson to stay at Newcastle United “long-term”.

Eddie Howe hopes Callum Wilson remains at Newcastle United for the long-term - as he battles Alexander Isak for a starting spot.

The 31-year-old has been left frustrated in recent weeks having started just one of the Magpies’ last seven Premier League games.

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It comes as a result of Isak’s incredible form, with his seven goals in as many games seeing the Swede become the fastest United player to reach double figures (10) since Papiss Cisse in 2012.

A report by 90min has suggested Wilson could depart if his game time is restricted, but Howe wants the England international to stay at St James’ Park for years to come.

Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe (right) and striker  Callum Wilson (right).  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe (right) and striker  Callum Wilson (right).  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe (right) and striker Callum Wilson (right). (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) | Getty Images

“How you manage the squad is important,” said Howe, speaking ahead of tonight’s encounter at Everton. “I think the players need to understand that it’s a long season, there’s loads of games, everyone will get an opportunity to play, and then ultimately it’s how the player takes that opportunity as to whether they play or not.

“I’ll always say the power is in the player’s hands, the manager just picks what he sees. Callum is hugely respected here, loved by coaching and players, and we see his long-term future here. So I certainly wouldn’t want to see him leave.”

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Howe says Wilson has responded well to losing his place in the starting XI, and the statistics prove it. The former Bournemouth striker has scored four goals in his last five matches, including a brace at West Ham United and strikes versus Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.

"He’s conducted himself very well,” said Howe. “So there’s been no problem with his demeanour, his mood, but underneath that I can see that he’s fiercely determined to get his place back. I see a player that knows what he wants and he’s working to do that.

“He’s trained very well, I have to say. The response to training, which is the first thing that I look for as the manager, there are loads of different reactions you can give if you’re disappointed, upset and angry. But the best response is to train to your best level and he’s done and full credit to Callum.

“That’s why he’s come on the pitch and scored because he’s been in a very good place mentally."

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