Newcastle: Comparison matrix locates perfect Callum Wilson alternatives

Callum Wilson, Newcastle United. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Callum Wilson, Newcastle United. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) /
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Newcastle could seek a new striker to sign in January, with a comparison matrix throwing out two lesser-known Callum Wilson alternatives…

Callum Wilson has been plagued by injuries so far this season. Despite winning our player of the month award for October, the injuries have let the English striker down this season and have made it difficult for Eddie Howe to name Wilson in the starting eleven on a consistent basis.

Therefore, when he has appeared for us, a lot of his appearances have been from the bench. Of course, he does have the world-class striker Alexander Isak to compete with for a place, so this doesn’t help his case but certainly, Wilson is worthy of a place if he just remained fit.

With the international break in full swing, Wilson has withdrawn from the England squad due to nursing a hamstring injury which has seen him out of action for Newcastle. This consistent sidelining of Wilson may leave Eddie Howe with no choice but to sign another striker in the January transfer window.

In today’s Newcastle transfer news, it was indicated that Serhou Guirassy was the main striker target for Eddie Howe. But certainly, if finances prove to be an issue (with Financial Fair Play rules in mind), there are cheaper alternatives who would fit the bill for Newcastle.

Newcastle: Comparison matrix locates perfect Callum Wilson alternatives

Chronicle used a comparison matrix to find two lesser-known alternatives for Callum Wilson with the same statistical profile. Since Wilson and Isak are similar statistically, it’s clear that Howe prefers this style of player.

The comparison matrix suggested Terem Igobor Moffi who has a 98.3% similarity with Wilson statistically and playing in the French Ligue 1. He would certainly be a cheaper option than Guirassy. Secondly, the matrix threw Tomas Cvancara into the mix, who plays in the same league as Guirassy but has scored far less goals than the Guinean (15), with 4 goals to his name.

What do you make of these Callum Wilson alternatives?