Callum Wilson recently spoke about the possibility of linking up with Allan Saint-Maximin at Newcastle for the 2021/22 season. He also talks about him taking up the No 9 from the outgoing Joelinton. With the likes of Alan Shearer, Jackie Milburn, and Malcolm Macdonald wearing the number in the past, Wilson said it means a lot.
“I wanted to wear No 9. It’s a massive thing for the club,” Newcastle forward Callum Wilson said. “I will make sure I do the shirt proudly, for sure. It’s such an iconic number it would be rude not to try to wear it, experience it, and do it justice. There are greats who wore it before me. If I can get into that shirt, wear it, do it justice, and get amongst those guys, then you can be remembered forever by these fans.”
Wilson missed a large part of Newcastle’s campaign last season. He boasts the fifth-best conversion rate in the Premier League having scored ten goals last season.
“I only made 23 starts or something like that,” he says. “That was a bit frustrating. Missing 15 starts is a little bit disappointing but we’re working on that this year to make sure we can get as many games in as possible.”
“Allan is a fantastic talent,” says Wilson about teammate Saint-Maximin. “When he’s around, he attracts so many players to him that I can make movements on the blind side of defenders and stay out of the way. Then when he gets his head up, make myself free and available for him to pass to.”