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. “