Callum Wilson bearing ‘burden’ of Newcastle’s quantity 9 shirt with type

Eddie Howe has praised Callum Wilson’s thriving leadership skills after taking on the “burden” of Newcastle’s number 9 jersey.

Howe who brought Wilson to the former club Bournemouth He inherited the £ 20million striker when he replaced him during his second term on the South Coast Steve Bruce at the Newcastle last month and has met him in the last two games, the second of which was a decisive 1-0 win over Burnley that ended the drought in the Magpies’ Premier League.

The pair spent six largely successful years with the Cherries before they both left within weeks of relegation.

Howe said, “He seems to be very, very stable and very focused mentally. I think his leadership has definitely improved. He’s a great character in the group.

“He’s always had a very, very good outlook on life and football when I worked with him before in Bournemouth, a really positive guy. He always believed that he would meet and contribute for the team.

“But I think what I want to say is that I think his leadership is now looking at other people and their surroundings and trying to nurture other people instead of just focusing on themselves, so I’m really happy with him.

“He gives the club a lot. He has taken on the burden of number nine and it is not easy, but he has made it his own and given him full credit for it. “

Wilson has contributed six of Newcastle’s 17 league goals so far this season, none of which were more important than his feeble strike against the Clarets, which secured his first win of the season for the 15th time on demand.

The final whistle in St. James’ Park sparked wild festivities, and while the road is still long and difficult, they only served to fuel Howe’s hunger.

He said: “It was a really uplifting experience because it was the first time that we could share that feeling of winning together and look at the stands, see them fully and support everyone in their appreciation for what the players were having right now.” delivered was an amazing moment.

“I hope it’s the first of many to come. I’m very grateful for what the fans have given me since I’ve been at the club – it’s only been a short time, but they have been absolutely great with me – and of course I want to give them more. “

Celtic star Callum McGregor reacts to Rangers’ type of play in Ibrox win

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Rangers beat Celtic 1-0 at Ibrox on Sunday afternoon and Bhoys captain Callum McGregor has given his view on Rangers’ tactics.

Ange Postecoglou’s men have shown promise lately and wanted a clear win against their fierce rivals to really prove they can fight for the title.

Celtic had the best chance of the first half when Odsonne Edouard somehow brought the ball out from close range – and they had to pay for that miss.

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Filip Helander’s superb second-half header gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead and they managed to hold out when Kyogo Furuhashi tested Robby McCrorie twice.

Celtic will be disappointed with losing so narrowly and will be desperate to strike back – both for the remainder of their league season and for the next game against the Rangers.

The Celtic skipper McGregor has now offered his opinion on the game and especially the tactics of the Rangers on Sunday afternoon.

McGregor told The Scottish Sun that he thinks the Rangers are a direct team and played a long ball against Celtic which made the game crap.

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McGregor, however, paid tribute to the Rangers for discovering and exploiting weaknesses in the Celtic team, believing that they simply did not allow the Bhoys to play their style of football.

“Rangers started the second half quite well. They like to go long. They fought for second balls and made it a junk, ”said McGregor. “We’re just not quite on the ball and we’re not adjusting it like we did in the first half. Thank you very much, you changed it and saw a problem there. “

“When they got there, we were a little blown away. But then we finished the game strong with a few chances. In those moments we have to be strong, stand up and try to turn the game around in our favor, ”he added.

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Billy Joe Saunders feels Callum Smith ‘took the cash route’ and wasn’t at his greatest in Canelo Alvarez combat

Billy Joe Saunders is getting the big fight he’s been waiting for he competes against Canelo Alvarez in a super middleweight title unification bout on Saturday from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on DAZN (excluding Mexico).

Saunders will be the second Englishman to face Alvarez in his last three fights. Six days before Christmas Alvarez dominated Callum Smith to win the WBA and WBC super middleweight titles and become world champions in four divisions.

The WBO super middleweight title list is one of the mentality that Smith shouldn’t have gotten into the fight with five weeks’ notice and taken more time to prepare for the man who many believe is the best Pound-for-pound fighters in sports. Saunders believes Smith only took up the fight on short notice for one reason.

“You know, and I can just go and think he was offered a hell of a lot of money and I think he was probably put in the same position as me,” Saunders said on DAZN’s “Off The Cuff.” “And he took the money route. In my opinion he wasn’t at his best. I’m not taking anything away from Canelo, but when you box someone like him it takes two months to take care of everything. What comes with this? If you think that you take it with five weeks notice, your bags are packed, you are on the plane, you are over there, you are [doing] Media, it’s you, you’re in the ring, the lights are on, you don’t know what’s going on. No no no. This is not proper preparation.

“And I don’t care if they say he stays in the gym, he stays fit. Mentally, that means you need this mental side of things to find your way in this crowded situation, and not just to be blinded by the money before you. Because I think this happened to him. I think he went in for the money, not the fate of being the man who dethroned Canelo. Because he’s a good fighter, Smith, and I just don’t . I don’t think that was his night, definitely not. “

In preparation for Alvarez, Saunders (30-0, 14 KOs) didn’t bother to see too much of Alvarez-Smith. Why you might ask Because Saunders immediately felt that Smith had the wrong schedule to get the job done.

“I can give you my opinion on what I think happened,” Saunders said. “But I can’t really give you my full opinion on the fight because I’m being honest with you – I’ve only seen the highlights and I’ve only seen about two minutes of them and turned it off because I rate Callum Smith as a fighter. But I think he went in there depending on his strength and size, and that doesn’t work. The game plan is completely wrong, he fought completely wrong. “