Wilson vows to do shirt justice

27 July 2021 18:36:25 GMTPlus10
Steve Bruce has handed Callum Wilson Newcastle's most iconic number

Callum Wilson has scored his first goal wearing the famous Newcastle No.9 on his back and has promised to do the iconic shirt "justice" over the course of the season.

The 29-year-old, the Magpie's top scorer last season with 12 league goals, is 66/1 to be 2021/22 Premier League's leading goalscorer and reckons a telepathic understanding with team-mate Ryan Fraser will help him to enjoy another prolific campaign for Steve Bruce's side.

Strong start

Wilson grabbed his first goal in the No.9 shirt in a 3-2 win at Doncaster last week, converting a chance gifted him by Fraser.

The frontman endured an injury-troubled first season on Tyneside following his £20m switch from Bournemouth last summer.

I want to make sure when I do wear it I am doing it justice.

Callum Wilson

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He only made 23 starts for the Magpies but reckons there will be no stopping him now that he has nine on his back, the same number made famous by the likes of Malcolm MacDonald, Alan Shearer and Andy Cole.

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Joelinton, who had been wearing that jersey, has agreed to take the seven shirt for this campaign.

And the England forward also believes his partnership with Fraser, the Scottish international who accompanied Wilson from Bournemouth last summer, can flourish.

"Me and Ryan have had a relationship for a few years now," Wilson told Chronicle Live. "It is quite instinctive."

On being handed the No.9 shirt, Wilson added: "It is a great honour to wear the number 9 shirt.

"I want to make sure when I do wear it I am doing it justice. I'm just working hard for the team and make sure I can help out with goals and assists."

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