CALLUM FINDS A NEW LEVEL

The Football League Paper - - INSIDE - By Jonathan Green

CALLUM WILSON has wasted lit­tle time in find­ing his feet at Bournemouth and has set his sights on fir­ing them into the Premier League for the first time in their his­tory.

The 22-year-old joined the Cher­ries in a £3m deal from Coven­try in July as a re­place­ment for last sea­son’s top-scorer Lewis Grab­ban, who moved to Nor­wich.

Wilson made an in­stant name for him­self, scor­ing twice on his de­but against Hud­der­s­field and de­nied a hat-trick only when Ter­ri­ers keeper Alex Smithies saved his penalty.

Striker Wilson scored 22 goals last sea­son at Coven­try, 15 of those com­ing when paired with Leon Clarke be­fore the lat­ter de­parted for Wolves in Jan­uary.

Promis­ing

A fresh part­ner­ship at Dean Court along­side Yann Ker­mor­gant has shown promis­ing signs, and Wilson be­lieves the com­pe­ti­tion in at­tack can pro­pel Bournemouth up the league.

“It’s al­ways good to start off the sea­son scor­ing goals and to score twice on my de­but and have the op­por­tu­nity to get a hat-trick was some­thing I’d dreamt of,” Wilson said.

“After scor­ing so many goals last sea­son I wanted to carry on do­ing that and I feel like I’ve hit the ground run­ning.

“You al­ways have to be­lieve in your­self and if I didn’t think I was ca­pa­ble of play­ing and do­ing well at this level I wouldn’t have taken the step up.

“I’ve en­joyed play­ing with Yann and our part­ner­ship so far has been good. He’s got a phys­i­cal pres­ence which draws de­fend­ers to him and cre­ates a bit more space for me.

“But there are a lot of good strik­ers at the club and we are all fight­ing for places and every­body knows that if you’re not per­form­ing well then some­one will take your spot.

“Ev­ery foot­baller wants to play in the top-flight and has am­bi­tions to get there and that’s one of the rea­sons I came to Bournemouth. That’s the di­rec­tion they want to take the club and it matches my am­bi­tions, so I thought it was a good fit.

“Th­ese are re­ally ex­cit­ing times at the club and if we can turn the draws we’ve had in re­cent weeks into wins then we shouldn’t be too far off come the end of the sea­son.”

Coven­try-born Wilson came through the youth ranks at his home­town club, go­ing on to make over 50 ap­pear­ances for the first team.

Ex­cit­ing

Given his close ties to the Sky Blues,Wilson ad­mits he had to think hard be­fore mov­ing but ac­cepted he had reached an age where he needed a new chal­lenge.

“It was a tough decision on a per­sonal note to leave Coven­try,” Wilson added. “I grew up around there with a lot of the lads who are now play­ing in the first team.

“But there comes a point when you have to think about pro­gress­ing your ca­reer and it was time to do that.

“I felt I was ready for the Cham­pi­onship after hav­ing a good sea­son in League One. I wanted a bit more of a test so I made the step up.

“I haven’t no­ticed too much of a dif­fer­ence to be hon­est.”

PIC­TURE: Pin­na­cle

PART­NERS: Callum Wilson and, in­set, Yann Ker­mor­gant

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