Norwich City target Callum Wilson looks forward to proving himself at Bournemouth

Coventry's Callum Wilson (right) lines up his goal under pressure from Colchester United's Tom Eastman during their Sky Bet League One meeting at the Weston Homes Community Stadium last season. Coventry's Callum Wilson (right) lines up his goal under pressure from Colchester United's Tom Eastman during their Sky Bet League One meeting at the Weston Homes Community Stadium last season.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
11:08 AM

Norwich City transfer target Callum Wilson has denied he is Bournemouth’s replacement for Lewis Grabban, after the Coventry striker turned down a move to Carrow Road.

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The Sky Blues accepted bids from Norwich and the Cherries for their highly rated 22-year-old striker – and in the end, Wilson penned a four-year deal at Dean Court with what he felt was a better chance of regular first-team football.

That belief may have been swayed by the Canaries’ previous summer signing of Bournemouth’s leading scorer last season for more than £3m.

“I have not come to Bournemouth to replace anybody,” said Wilson. “I’ve just come here to score goals for the team.”

Wilson notched 22 goals for League One Coventry last season in a prolific strike partnership with Leon Clarke.

And rather than line-up alongside Grabban for Norwich, Wilson will look to be part of another deadly duo with Cherries striker Yann Kermorgant.

“Eddie Howe (Bournemouth manager) showed me some clips of my partnership with Leon Clarke and some of Lewis Grabban with Yann, and it’s almost identical,” said Wilson.

“I relished that partnership so I know I’m going to have another good strike partner if selected. The style of play is similar to Coventry also. Bournemouth like to press and play from the back so it’s good and something I want to be part of.

“I know Lewis and Yann had a great partnership here and I am a similar player to Lewis, although we have different strengths.

“But I am not here to fill anybody’s boots and I am my own person. I am here to play, to do well and to try to help the team get into the Premier League.”

While Norwich will undoubtedly be one of the big boys in the Championship next season given their financial position and recent relegation after a prolonged spell in the Premier League, Wilson believes the upwardly mobile Cherries will be among the second tier’s promotion contenders next season – as they were last term.

“It is a fantastic set-up here and I want to grab with both hands the chance to play in the Championship,” said Wilson.

“This is a club on the up and I want to be a part of it. It was hard leaving Coventry because I grew up there and all my family and friends live there. Sometimes you have to let your head rule your heart. Everybody wants to play for their hometown club but my heart will be changing soon because I am here for the long term.

“I want to prove I am not just a one-season wonder, as people could label me. My career has been hampered by injury so it was good to finally get three-quarters of a season under my belt. It is about progressing as a player and I am looking forward to a full season.

“I feel I am only going to get better playing with better players and on better pitches. I feel the manager here will progress me and help me kick on with the team to the next level. He will give me a platform and it will be up to me to take it.”

12 comments

  • democrat

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

  • Bournemouth the bigger better team or no ambition road even you lot can work that out

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    Townman

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

  • Maybe Archent will construct a fantasy team composed of all the players linked with us that we didn't sign so we can see who finishes higher. I look forward to reading fantasy articles, for instance, "McCormack and Wilson in big training ground bust up - Norwich city fantasy club (ncfc) in crisis " to compliment the (rare) articles about actual Norwich players. Maybe archent could even organise a charity match at the end of the season.

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    canary can-can

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

  • Mattias333 - couldn't agree more with that comment. My throat is sore from arguing with people about the ability RVW clearly has and that under that terrible regime he was never allowed to be himself. Hopefully he will stay with us this season and prove all the 'fans' wrong. OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

  • Another, nothing to do with City press printing just filling in space AGAIN!

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    goldie

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

  • So let me get this straight, Eddie Howe used some theory behind signing a striker. Showing him clips of his style of play and how Wilson will fit that system. Must have been similar to the one Hughton used when he said to RVW "right I know you are a confident fox in the box, predator....thats why im going to sign you, play you in a role that totally doesn't suit you, destroy all confidence you've got and ensure a majority of the fans turn on you because they are too simple in the head to realise that sometimes there is deeper reasons to why a striker isnt scoring...like getting service". Or maybe the conversation didnt quite go like that.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

  • Really don't understand why this is on here. Will the Pinkun be providing comments and news on all players that didn't join us all season?

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    E16Canary

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

  • Must`ve been a hidden rude word or a good story.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

  • Replies to Swiss Canary blocked. No idea why. Becchio might still have a future at Norwich?

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

  • Swiss, I sometimes wonder whether Luca might be our surprise package. After all, he had a decent scoring record in the Championship with Leeds. It really is bizarre, what`s happened to this chap at Norwich. The whole Becchio\Morison issue re€ks of non-football issues. No doubt there will be absolution for the guilty, punishment for the innocent, and Praise and Honour for the non-participants. The 3 stages of a project. IMHO. Who`s Callum Wilson??

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

  • kevin

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

  • The role of "Benchio" remains unfilled unless Benchio stays.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

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