Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Don't expect too much too soon from Callum Wilson next season

It has been great to see Callum Wilson back in the AFCB line up for the last month of the Premier League season. He has not started that many games but he adds a different dimension to the team. He does not go unnoticed and it is hardly surprising that West Ham have been asking some questions and Roy Hodgson has been quick to praise the potential England striker, but it is important that fans don't get ahead of themselves in expecting too much from the Cherries number 13 who is only just getting used to life in the Premier League.
Callum still has to find the net more regularly.
Any striker who has been told that he is on the verge of an international call up should feel good about himself. There is no harm in that. Yet, expectations can be a burden and I hope that Edie Howe has a quiet word with Callum Wilson before the start of the 2016/17 season to acknowledge that while he has a prestigious talent, he is not the finished article yet. Callum scored five goals last season and three of those came in the game against West Ham at Upton Park. It's arguable that Josh King has more experience of the top flight and spread his goals better over more games so Callum has a bit of catch up to do in some ways.

The fans will want Callum to do well from the start and will hope for 20 goals for the season as Callum himself will probably target. But just playing games and finding that sharp touch in front of goal is where I hope Callum's thinking takes him. Forget about the England call ups and the potential big money moves. Callum has yet to have a real run at the Premier League and if AFCB can keep him fully fit for a season it will be a massive boost to the Cherries' next campaign.

Farewell Tommy
Yesterday, we finally heard the skipper Tommy Elphick had signed for Aston Villa and everyone wishes him the very best of luck there as he has been a great servant for AFCB. It will be strange not seeing his pre-match routine, but it gives Eddie Howe some room to manoeuvre on a new defensive signing. 

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