Bournemouth have enjoyed a good start to the Premier League season. One man who has played a big part in the Cherries bright start to their campaign is England international Callum Wilson.
The former Coventry striker scored and produced an assist in Bournemouth’s 2-1 home win over Huddersfield on Tuesday night. The performance is typical of the striker’s displays this season.
Regular football has helped consistency
Callum Wilson has impressed in flashes during his time in the Premier League with the Cherries. However, he has never been able to put together the sort of run of games he is currently enjoying in the top-flight.
Wilson has in started all 15 of the Cherries Premier League games this season, playing 90 minutes in 13 of their top-flight matches. A regular run of starts has helped Wilson produce his good form in the Premier League, as he has scored eight times and produced eight assists.
His form has led to the striker winning international recognition. The striker took his chance on the international stage, scoring in his only appearance for England. With a dearth of English strikers, Wilson could become a permanent fixture in Gareth Southgate’s squad. His current form certainly justifies his selection in the national team squad.
Highly unfortunate with injuries
At 26-years of age, Wilson could be seen as something of a late bloomer. However, in reality, if it were not for some serious knee injuries, the striker would have made his mark in the top-flight far earlier than he has.
The striker suffered cruciate ligament injuries in 2015 and 2017, first his right knee and then his left knee. Cruciate ligament problems are hard to recover from and some players are not the same when they return to action.
Wilson has documented how hard it was for him to cope with his injuries, more the mental side than the physical recovery.
However, he has done superbly well to return and make such an impact in the Premier League. To fight back from such serious injuries, he deserves a bit of luck and some recognition for his talents. I hope that now he can avoid any more big injury problems and carry on enjoying his football in the Premier League.
Bournemouth challenging for the top six
The Cherries campaign has taken a slight turn for the worse in recent weeks, as prior to the 2-1 victory over Huddersfield Eddie Howe’s side had suffered four consecutive defeats in the Premier League.
However, the victory over the Terriers moved the Cherries back up to sixth place in the table and now odds of 14/1 to clinch a top-six spot this season. With Everton and Manchester United both playing on Wednesday night, the Cherries could drop down the table again by the end of tonight’s fixtures.
The fact that the Cherries, with Wilson leading the attack, are so high up is a testament to the work of boss Howe. He has slowly but surely built a very entertaining, attractive team and with a small budget compared to some of his rivals.
Callum Wilson is likely to continue to play a key role in the Cherries charge for an unlikely European spot this season. If they seal a top-six finish, unlikely we know, then a lot of credit will have to go to their main man in attack.
He deserves any success that comes his way simply for his hard work, determination and strength he has shown to come back from such bad injuries.
Can Callum Wilson sustain his goalscoring form for the rest of the season?
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