It helps that Howe and Wilson have labored collectively earlier than at Bournemouth, however Wilson is a participant who, all through his Newcastle profession, has at all times began when match.
He anticipated to take action too. However on the age of 31 and with a litany of harm issues in his profession, Howe shouldn’t be solely managing the participant for the nice of the crew, he’s additionally defending him, bodily, too.
It was not so way back that Wilson was badly out of shape. He seemed bodily out of practice and was barely in a position to prepare earlier than and after video games.
Wilson went ten video games and not using a purpose firstly of the yr – his longest purpose drought since he arrived on Tyneside in the summertime of 2020 – and there was discuss of his decline at exactly the second Isak’s star started to rise.
That is additionally the primary time in his Newcastle profession that Wilson has not spent a number of months on the sidelines and it’s price remembering that it was a hamstring harm, again in August, that persuaded the board to spend £63m on Isak.
Bodily, Wilson couldn’t be trusted, however now each gamers are match and obtainable, slightly than play them collectively, Howe intends to modify them round on a sport to sport foundation.
The brand new rotation coverage appears to have given him a brand new lease of life. Wilson began and scored twice towards Everton final week, with Isak impressing coming off the bench. Again on house soil, he dropped Wilson again to the bench and began Isak as a substitute, simply as he had within the 6-1 thrashing of Spurs right here seven days earlier.