Newcastle United will benefit from the arrival of striker Callum Wilson and winger Ryan Fraser this season.
For the past three seasons, Newcastle United have ranked among the bottom five when it comes to goals scored and chances created. The scoring woes last season were extremely frustrating as the Magpies only managed to score 38 goals in 38 games, in large part because the front line failed to perform.
Four strikers suited up for Newcastle United last season – Andy Carroll, Yoshinori Muto, Joelinton, and Dwight Gayle – but only Gayle and Joelinton got on the score sheet to have a combined tally of six goals. The lack of goals from players in the final third also highlighted the lack of creativity in the squad.
Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin did all they could to orchestrate attacks and create meaningful chances, but they lacked sufficient support. Well, that is about to change with the arrival of England international Callum Wilson and dynamic winger Ryan Fraser.
The former Bournemouth teammates are set to complete their medicals later today, and smile for the cameras while holding the black and white stripes. The Toon Army have expressed their joy over these two signings on social media due to their experience in the Premier League, but here are some key statistics about the duo that should generate even more optimism.
Over the past four seasons, Bournemouth scored 196 goals in the Premier League, and the duo of Wilson and Fraser were directly involved of 46% of those goals with a combined tally of 52 goals scored and 38 assists. In other words, the lethal finisher and speedy winger carried the Cherries on their backs for multiple seasons.
Their most successful season together was the 2018-19 campaign when Wilson and Fraser combined their efforts to score 21 goals and completed 23 assists, 12 of which were to each other. The numbers these two have put up in the past is the primary reason why Steve Bruce placed them at the top of his transfer wish list.
Their experience in the Premier League means they will not have to take things slow to adapt to English football, and the chemistry they have from their time together at Bournemouth is a recipe for instant success on Tyneside. Pair these two together with a goal-hungry Almiron and electric Saint-Maximin, and opposing teams will certainly have their hands full.
The tweet linked above from our Twitter account puts our confidence in the attacking quartet of Wilson, Fraser, Almiron, and Saint-Maximin on display. Newcastle United have a good shot of reaching new heights this season.