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Wilson wants to meet Shearer after his praise of £20m forward

Callum Wilson has claimed he’d love to meet Newcastle legend Alan Shearer so he can shake him by the hand after all his praise.

Wilson is coming off a sensational debut season with the Geordies, where he scored 12 times in 26 Premier League games.

Shearer lavished the Englishman with non-stop praise for his goalscoring exploits. The Geordies legend labelled the former Bournemouth man ‘brilliant’ after Steve Bruce’s men beat Burnley 3-1 last October.

However, words haven’t been the only influence on Wilson’s Magpies career. Shearer directly advised the forward to move to St James’ Park last summer.

He moved to the northeast for a reported £20m from the Cherries, who had been relegated to the Championship.

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In an interview with FourFourTwo, the 29-year-old revealed he is yet to meet the legend face-to-face.

Wilson said: “Funnily enough, I’m yet to actually meet Alan Shearer face to face, although we have spoken on the phone. With all the COVID restrictions in place, it’s been difficult to do so many of the things we took for granted a couple of years ago.”

“When everything gets back to normal, I’d love the chance to shake him by the hand, chat football and thank him for all the kind things he’s said about me on TV or in the media. It’s very flattering.”

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TBR View: Shearer praise justified after Wilson helped Newcastle stave of relegation

The mass amount of praise thrown at Wilson from Shearer was justified after he helped Newcastle steer clear of relegation.

Every goal and assist contributed in a win/draw helped Newcastle win one or three points. It’s a mind-boggling record to achieve throughout a season.

And without the England international?

The Magpies failed to win when Wilson missed seven games between February and April. As a matter of fact, the club scored just five times during the run.

However, it also shows that whatever was said by the Geordies’ favourite son was justified.

Wilson’s contribution to Newcastle’s relegation fight last season was second to none. He was the focal point of the team and moving forward his contribution will prove crucial for Steve Bruce’s team.

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