Callum Wilson welcomes Newcastle's new £25m forward Chris Wood

Callum Wilson welcomes Newcastle’s new £25m forward Chris Wood as injured star insists relegation-threatened side ‘need players who are Premier League ready’… as pair aim to fire club to safety

  • Newcastle striker Callum Wilson has had his say on new signing Chris Wood
  • Wilson believes £25million arrival Wood coming in will ‘keep him on his toes’ 
  • Newcastle star, who is currently out injured, is excited for friendly competition

Newcastle star Callum Wilson has expressed his excitement over new £25million signing Chris Wood as he insisted ‘it will be good to have competition for places’.

The Burnley striker signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with the Magpies on Thursday and became the second signing of the Saudi-backed consortium following their £305m takeover last year.

On the latest episode of his podcast with the BBC, The Footballer’s Football Podcast, Wilson told West Ham’s Michail Antonio that he believes the competition from Wood will bring out the best in him.

Newcastle star Callum Wilson (L) has expressed excitement over new signing Chris Wood (R)

‘I like it, you know-it’s going to bring out the dog in me,’ the 29-year-old joked. 

‘Sometimes you have to have that little bit of a boost to get you going again, just to stimulate you and to keep you on your toes, and that is what’s coming.’

Wilson, who is currently ruled out due to a calf injury and expected to miss the next several weeks, believes the timing of Wood’s arrival is ideal because Newcastle need ‘players in the team that are Premier League ready right now.’

 Wilson, currently out injured, insisted ‘it will be good to have competition for places’

Eddie Howe’s side are under serious threat of being relegated from the top flight to the Championship after winning just one game from 19. 

‘I don’t believe you are going to get a better striker in the bottom half of the Premier League than Chris Wood,’ he added. 

When asked by fellow podcast host Antonio whether he was ‘worried’ about Wood’s arrival, Wilson made light of the suggestion and laughed before saying ‘nah I back myself obviously.’

‘He’s a different profile so I’m sure the manager has it in his plans for us to play together. In a club environment you become a family so you become a partnership and a unit, and that is what we will be working on,’ Wilson added.

Wilson also revealed that he is back on his feet and walking around after his calf injury, but insists that he still has a lot to do before he is ready to play again and wants to make sure that he is ‘in the best place possible for that return.’

Wood has arrived just in time to play Watford on Saturday and will be looking to fill the void left by Wilson straight away. 

Eddie Howe’s Newcastle are under serious threat of relegation after winning just one game

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