Former Premier League midfielder Carlton Palmer has warned Newcastle United that Callum Wilson alone will not save them from relegation this season.
The 29-year-old striker joined Newcastle from Bournemouth last September and managed to impress in his debut campaign at St James’ Park. In 26 league games, he scored 12 goals as the Tyneside club went on to finish in 12th.
Can Wilson fire Newcastle to safety on his own?
Still, Palmer feels Newcastle will need more than that if they are to stay up this season. Speaking exclusively to TIF, the ex-Leeds United and Southampton player said:
“Sometimes you have to take a gamble on a Callum Wilson, who you know is capable of scoring goals if and when he’s available to play, because he fits into the type of money you can spend.
“But you’re going to need more than that I think to stay in the Premier League because you’re going to need more goals than that.”
According to The Telegraph, Newcastle will have a budget of £50m for the January transfer window, though they are able to spend up to another £140m without breaching FFP.
Half of that budget could probably get them another good forward, so perhaps that is one road the Magpies will consider going down as they look to boost their chances of survival.