Hands up if you saw that coming, then? After falling to a tame 2-0 defeat to Arsenal last time out in the Premier League, Newcastle bounced back in style with a 4-2 win over high-flying Leicester on Friday night.
Steve Bruce’s side looked almost unrecognisable from the one which surrendered meekly against the Gunners, racing into a four-goal lead at the King Power Stadium and completely blowing the Foxes away.
While a late rally threatened an improbable comeback from Brendan Rodgers’ side, the Magpies held firm, and once again they had Callum Wilson to thank for another virtuoso goalscoring display.
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The striker was at his clinical best and looked a danger every time on the counter-attack, taking his brace with aplomb. His first goal was superbly dispatched, fending off Timothy Castagne and then having the composure to take it past Kasper Schmeichel before tucking it away.
The England international then wrapped things up after seeing his first effort come off the post and rebound straight back to him, capping off a fantastic night for the 29-year-old and Newcastle.
Dubbed “magnificent” by The Athletic’s Chris Waugh, Wilson looked every bit of the number nine Newcastle thought they were getting when they signed him from Bournemouth last summer.
Writing in his post-match player ratings for The Chronicle, Lee Ryder gave him a nine, saying: “What a signing he was for £20m. Two goals to take him to 12 in an injury-hit season. Looks so powerful on the break. Clinical.”
Despite only completing six passes in the entire game, it was Wilson’s off-the-ball movement which really undid the Leicester defence, who simply couldn’t keep up with his pace and power.
While Bruce was quick to insist that Newcastle still aren’t safe from relegation from the Premier League, there’s no questioning that Wilson’s goals up front have been the key to ensuring the Magpies have avoided the drop.
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