The Athletic are reporting the crushing news that Callum Wilson looks set to be missing for another month with the thigh injury sustained against Southampton.
At first glance it was thought that he would be doubtful for the Man Utd game on Saturday, but further tests have shown the situation to be a lot worse, with the striker now expected to be out until after the next international break in October.
This means he will be on the sidelines for crucial Premier League games against Leeds, Watford and Wolves – a huge blow considering we are currently second bottom and yet to win a game so far this season.
Don’t worry though, because Steve Bruce believed his squad had ‘adequate cover’ when asked about whether we need a backup striker on BBC Radio Newcastle in July.
“We’ve got Allan, Joe, Almiron. We’ve got Dwight. We’ve got five. How many do you have in a squad of 22 outfield players? I think we’ve got adequate cover up there [in attack]”
I hate to break it to you, Steve, but only one of those players – Gayle – plays in the same position as Wilson, and he has hardly proven to be Premier League quality in his career.
NUFC chiefs have been handed a huge dose of karma for their cheapskate transfer dealings in the summer. Every Toon fan with a set of eyes knew we needed cover for our injury-prone number nine yet Lee Charnley, Mike Ashley and Steve Bruce – the three most important people at our club – did not.
Don’t be fooled by any of the predictable, victimhood rhetoric that will undoubtedly follow when he gets asked about this ahead of Leeds on Friday.