Over the weekend, some unexpected comments about Eddie Howe were made by Craig Hope of The Mail. Hope claimed that Eddie Howe was “willing to bet” on Callum Wilson’s fitness.
Hope understood that Howe could now stick with what he had and hope that our existing number nine remained injury-free after losing out on Hugo Ekitike and receiving high prices for Alexander Isak, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and Ivan Toney.
I have every confidence that the NUFC owner is only using this as a negotiating strategy. Those exorbitant amounts we’ve been quoted won’t be dropping any time soon, if Howe comes out and says he’s desperate for a new striker.
Clubs would have influence over us during transfer negotiations and would continue to be adamant about payments if we made them feel we couldn’t live without them.
However, if we back out of certain agreements and downplay the necessity for a new striker, sellers might just realise we won’t pay too much.
Howe sending this remark to one of the top local journalists would be a clever and considered move as our new owners are keen to buy wisely and disprove the notion that we are now the “richest club in the world.”
Even though the season doesn’t begin for another two and a half weeks, the transfer window doesn’t close until September 1.
It appear to be waiting it out and refraining from overpaying, which is crucial if there truly is just £40-50 million remaining (plus money from player sales) to sign both a striker AND a right-winger this summer.
Hope reported the following, then Howe commented on Callum Wilson:
“Nobody has ever questioned Callum’s competence.
He is an exceptional striker, and he demonstrated it by recovering from a protracted injury and playing effectively at the conclusion of the season. He should have a healthy season, please.
Whether Callum plays alone or with Chris Wood, we want 15 to 20 goals from our No. 9 without a doubt.
“Our front players must score for us. We think they’ll be able to meet those targets.