Birmingham news Callum Wilson's Aston Villa rejection has come back to haunt him MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Aston Villa transfer comment - Callum Wilson has bagged eight goals - two more than Ollie Watkins - for struggling Newcastle this season after rejecting Villa's advances last summer
Breaking News ! SHAMBOLIC, PATHETIC... SIMPLY AN INSULT TO CLUB CREST That was the hard-hitting back page of today's Chronicle in Newcastle following the Toon Army's latest defeat to Sheffield United. Pressure is mounting on Steve Bruce in the North East with the Geordies now winless in eight games in league and cup. Newcastle simply rolled over against the Premier League's basement boys and gifted Chris Wilder's Blades their first win in 18 attempts. Bruce's side had just 33 per cent possession at Bramall Lane as Sheffield United dominated from start to finish with anarchy erupting amongst Newcastle's passionate fanbase during and immediately after the final whistle. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now Fans are simply fed up with Bruce's negative approach, which is something Villa supporters grew increasingly frustrated with during his time at Villa Park before he was replaced by the forward-thinking Dean Smith, a manager who's grown into such a studious Premier League manager. Newcastle, meanwhile, prop up the Premier League table for average possession (37.9 per cent) this season with West Brom (38.8 per cent) and Burnley (40.7 per cent) above them. Villa, in comparison, are 10th - above Spurs and Everton - with 49.9 per cent of average possession based on their 15 Premier League games this season. As for expected goals (xG) - the metric used to determine goal-scoring chances - Bruce's Toon are hapless once more and are ahead of only Albion and Burnley with an xG of 16.6 goals from their 17 matches played. Newcastle have actually scored 18 with Callum Wilson scoring an impressive eight of Toon's total.
.46 with Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United ahead of them. Smith's free-scoring Villa side have scored 11 more goals than Newcastle and average almost two goals per game despite playing 180 minutes less.
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A penny for Wilson's thoughts then after the ex-England striker admitted he rejected a summer move to Aston Villa in favour of joining Bruce's Newcastle. Speaking just moments after sealing his £20 million transfer at St James' Park, Coventry-born Wilson said of his decision between the two clubs: "I wouldn’t say it was an easy decision. Villa is back home for me, I looked at both of the squads, and I feel like I can fit into this team nicely. "From the minute I knew that Newcastle were interested, it was definitely something that appealed to me. There are great players here already, and I just want to be a part of the journey, keep moving in the right direction." Moving in the right direction Wilson and Newcastle most definitely aren't with the ex-Bournemouth man a mere passenger in games with the gap between him and his teammates excruciatingly too big. As for Villa, they snapped up Ollie Watkins for almost £10 million more than what Newcastle ended up paying for Wilson. Watkins - three years Wilson's junior at 25 - is constantly raved about by his teammates and coaching staff alike and is one of the secrets to Smith's success this season knowing his relentless press from the front. Watkins' selfless workrate has allowed the likes of Jack Grealish, Ross Barkley and Anwar El Ghazi to flourish this season, while he's grabbed six goals himself while probably knowing he should have had more.
Ollie Watkins of Aston Villa celebrates after scoring his team's third goal against Arsenal
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"Block out negative, focus on the positive," was Watkins' cryptic Instagram post two days ago. Yet there's zero negativity surrounding Smith's striker amongst this fanbase, a player who has an understated role in this machine-like Villa side, a role Wilson would perhaps struggle to maintain given his record with injuries. So there you have it, Wilson's "I looked at both squads and I feel like I can fit into this team nicely" comment doesn't appear to have the same ring to it four months on given the fact Villa - with Grealish, John McGinn, Barkley and Co - are six points off third place with two games in hand. Wilson could well be in double figures now had he believed in 'Smith Ball' rather than 'Bruce Ball' but that's all ifs, buts and maybes with Wilson - a lone striker in Newcastle's bleak 5-4-1 system - no doubt painstakingly rueing what was a golden opportunity to join an exciting, enthralling Villa side who are well and truly on the up. Wilson must be kicking himself.
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