Garth Crooks knew where the back of the net was during his time as a player, but his comments as a pundit are often way off the mark.
Writing for the BBC, Crooks has named Callum Wilson in his Premier League Team of the Week – yet describes his start to life at St James’ Park as a “slow burner”.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I wouldn’t describe SEVEN goal involvements (six goals and one assist) in seven games as a ‘slow burner’!.
Here’s what he’s had to say:
“I’m not sure what’s going on at Everton at the moment. They started the season as if they had a point to prove and they probably did. Dominic Calvert-Lewin has made it clear he can play in this league, and James Rodriguez’s ability was never in doubt. While their performance against Newcastle was marginally better than their shocker at Southampton, they still look off the pace.
“Meanwhile, Callum Wilson’s arrival at St James’ Park has been a slow burner in comparison but has given Newcastle a cutting edge, especially at home. Wilson’s craftiness to draw a penalty from Everton’s Andre Gomes was astute and so was the conversion.“
Even Alan Shearer didn’t get off to a better start to his Newcastle United career than Callum Wilson has, so I struggle to see how Crooks can say he’s taken time to get going!
On a serious note, it really is a breath of fresh air to have a striker with that killer instinct, confidence in front of goal and ability to get himself in great goalscoring positions.
He may not be able to keep up the conversion rate he’s set so far, but it looks like we’ve finally got ourselves a striker who’s capable of getting towards that 15-goal mark!