The 48-goal striker Eddie Howe 'expects' to be at Newcastle United next season

Newcastle United strikers Alexander Isak (left) Callum Wilson (right). (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)Newcastle United strikers Alexander Isak (left) Callum Wilson (right). (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Newcastle United strikers Alexander Isak (left) Callum Wilson (right). (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
There is uncertainity surrounding Callum Wilson’s future at Newcastle United ahead of the summer transfer window,

Eddie Howe expects Callum Wilson to remain at Newcastle United next season, despite speculation surrounding his future.

Wilson has scored 48 goals in 107 appearances since joining from AFC Bournemouth in 2020, a tally that puts him second in the Magpies’ all-time Premier League goal-scorer list behind Alan Shearer.

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But despite the England international’s undoubted deadliness in front of goal, his lack of availability is proving frustrating. This season, Wilson has missed 25 games with his most recent, albeit freak, pectoral muscle injury keeping him sidelined for eight weeks.

Alexander Isak of Newcastle United and Callum Wilson during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Newcastle United at Turf Moor on May 04, 2024 in Burnley, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)Alexander Isak of Newcastle United and Callum Wilson during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Newcastle United at Turf Moor on May 04, 2024 in Burnley, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Alexander Isak of Newcastle United and Callum Wilson during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Newcastle United at Turf Moor on May 04, 2024 in Burnley, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

The past four probably sums up Wilson best. He scored in back-to-back wins against Burnley and Sheffield United but has been absent from the last two versus Brighton & Hove Albion and Manchester United because of illness.

The 32-year-old is into the final year of his contract at St James’ Park and of course, isn’t getting any younger, which leaves Newcastle with a decision to make. Keep Wilson and offer him a new deal, sell him or risk losing him for free next summer when he’ll be 33.

Howe recently claimed that finding a striker of Wilson’s quality “would cost millions”. And speaking ahead of today’s final day clash away to Brentford, the United head coach reiterated his desire to keep him.

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He told reporters: “I expect him to come back. I expect him to be at Newcastle next season.”

Asked about the prospect of parting with Wilson, Howe replied: “I love my players, I love all of them but at different times players I’ve had previously for a long time you eventually have to say goodbye to, whether that’s me or them leaving, that’s just part and parcel of football.

“Yeah I want to keep him at the football club.”

As well as Newcastle, it is also a big decision for Wilson. Entering the twilight years of his career, the player may wanted the security of a longer-term contract. The former Coventry City man attracted interest from some European clubs in January, while Saudi Pro League clubs are understood to be keen. Asked about his future at the start of May, Wilson said: “The future? Finish the next four games. My first thought is finish the season strong and then try to get myself into the tournament [Euro 2024] in the summer, and then, I am contracted to Newcastle still so will be back in pre-season."

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