On the topic of missing Wilson and the impact the striker has had on the Magpies this season, Bate had the following to say.
He said: “I wouldn’t disagree with him [Bruce] about Callum Wilson, I think that was a good sign. I don’t think anything we’ve seen changes that I don’t think we should pretend that it was good when he was there. But it just sort of gave them enough firepower didn’t it to get themselves out of real trouble. (47:33)
“They’ve won seven matches in the league this season – Wilson scored eight goals in those games. He’s effectively scored the winner in five of the seven games that they’ve won, and they’re not won without him.
“So obviously being without him has been a huge blow you sort of freeze the season at the point where he got injured and that’s sort of their 25 points from 23 games, which is sort of 10 clear of Fulham – on course for about 41. So it wasn’t great, but you know, it certainly wasn’t disastrous, and they would have kept their head above water, you feel comfortably if it stayed fit, but you lose him, you lose a few others and it already sort of felt very fragile, gets worse very quickly.”
Will Wilson play against Spurs?
TIF Thoughts on Bate’s comments…
Newcastle have certainly missed Wilson’s goals since the striker has been sidelined through injury. Even when they have not played well in a game they have had a glimmer of optimism with Wilson upfront with the summer signing having netted double figures for the Magpies this campaign.
However, there is no question the Toon Army have become frustrated with Bruce and the displays shown by his team with protests outside their stadium following the humiliating defeat away to Brighton & Hove Albion.