AFC Bournemouth forward Callum Wilson has suggested that a difference in mentality is behind their early success in the Premier League this season.
Whether it’s players working with extraordinary togetherness or the individual talents such as Ryan Fraser and Josh King, you cannot mention Bournemouth’s incredible rise without mentioning Callum Wilson.
Wilson has made an indispensable impact at Dean Court, and his contribution of four goals in nine appearances has helped propel them to within touching distance of the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal. Bournemouth comprehensively defeated Watford on Saturday, scoring four unanswered goals at Vicarage Road. Wilson, Fraser and King have formed a dangerous triumvirate and exemplified their attacking brilliance to overwhelm The Hornets.
Once again, Wilson was at the heart of everything good. He assisted Joshua King, who extended their lead to three goals and later knocked Ryan Fraser’s floating cross over the hapless corpse of Ben Foster to solidify the victory. His performances have been a delight to witness, but do they merit a call-up into the England National Team from Gareth Southgate?
Does Callum Wilson Deserve an England Call-Up?
Jamie Vardy has recently announced his retirement from international football and there are a number of strikers vying to replace him. Daniel Sturridge has revived his career after incessant spells out of action with injury, as has Danny Ings, who has started his loan spell at Southampton with aplomb. Brighton & Hove Albion striker Glen Murray must also be considered for his consistent goalscoring form in the Premier League and Watford striker Troy Deeney could also be given the opportunity in the near-future.
Harry Kane and Danny Welbeck currently occupy the two forward positions in the latest England squad, but the wealth of attacking talent emerging from the Premier League can only breed renewed optimism. England have always been blessed with extraordinary forwards capable of scoring goals. Dating back to 1966, the Three Lions had the likes of Geoff Hurst, who remains the only player ever to score a hat-trick in the World Cup final, the iconic Jimmy Greaves, Bobby Charlton, Liverpool forward Roger Hunt and Southampton cult hero Terry Paine.
The list of strikers produced by English clubs in the aftermath of England’s solitary World Cup triumph is simply extraordinary. Gary Lineker, Les Ferdinand, Alan Shearer, Michael Owen, Wayne Rooney, Teddy Sheringham and Andy Cole are just a few names from an illustrious list.
This suggests that Callum Wilson will have to continue his form on a consistent basis before he’s considered for a starting role in the England squad. Harry Kane has cemented his place in the starting line-up and it’d be extremely difficult for Callum Wilson to steal his throne before the 2020 European Championships.
Wilson represented England at Under-21 level on just one occasion and spent the majority of his early career in the Football League. His development and rise bears many similarities to that of Jamie Vardy, but he’s yet to have the same impact in the Premier League to the 2016 Premier League title winner.
Gareth Southgate has a selection dilemma over the next two years and Wilson will undoubtedly be an individual pressing him into gifting him with an opportunity. If Bournemouth continue to perform in the Premier League and if Wilson continues to score; Southgate will be left with no option other than to give him his chance!
The Story of the Underdog
In 2013, AFC Bournemouth guaranteed promotion to the Premier League for the first time in its history. Callum Wilson stood out from any player in the team and amassed a staggering total of 23 goals in all competitions during the 2014/15 season. It emphasised his rise from playing in League One with Coventry City just twelve months before, to playing a starring role in reaching the Premier League for AFC Bournemouth.
Wilson started his career at local club Coventry City in 2009, but was unable to pin down a regular place in the starting line-up. Therefore, he attained further playing opportunities with non-league clubs Kettering Town and Tamworth. He was unable to impress during his two loan spells and had to settle for a partial role at Coventry City throughout the 2012/13 season.
However, Wilson went onto form a strong partnership with fellow striker Leon Clarke and scored 22 goals in his final season at the club. His record was even more impressive considering he’d missed two months of action due to a shoulder injury. Bournemouth pounced to secure his services for the 2014/15 season and quite frankly have never looked back.
His career in the Premier League started in perfect style. He scored his a hat-trick in a memorable victory over West Ham United, but his season was abruptly cut short when he sustained a ruptured ligament at the end of September 2015. He’d seemingly returned to full fitness for the 2016/17 season and scored six goals prior to his next injury set-back in February 2017.
Things were looking extremely bleak for Wilson. He’d ruptured his ligament yet again and was preparing for a further six months on the sidelines. Fortunately, Wilson returned to action during the 2017/18 season and accumulated an impressive total of nine goals in just 31 appearances. He’s on the verge of eclipsing this total in the 2018/19 season and is definitely one to watch in the season ahead!
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