Since Callum Wilson’s arrival just over two years ago, Newcastle have been overly reliant on the star striker for goals. Callum when fit is a goal machine leading Newcastle the past two seasons despite long injury layoffs.
This season the trend continued as Callum scored two goals in his first three matches before missing over a month with a hamstring injury. Upon his return, he found the back of the net just after ten minutes at Fulham last weekend.
That goal put Callum back out in front on the scoring charts with Alexander Isak having also scored twice in his first three matches. Miggy soon caught Wilson with a brace later in the Fulham match.
Yesterday, Almiron’s late goal in the 5-1 win over Brentford was his 4th of the campaign. It equals his best league tally as a Magpie, which he accomplished in the 2019-20 and 2020-21 campaigns.
The Paraguayan is also the first Newcastle player not named Callum Wilson to lead the club in goals outright since the striker’s arrival from Bournemouth. Here are our current goalscoring leaders:
Eddie Howe has accomplished finding goals from other areas of the pitch including Bruno Guimaraes who opened his season’s account with a magnificent brace yesterday. Bruno’s two goals puts him at 7 in just 24 appearances. That is a remarkable return for the midfielder who had scored 10 goals in 155 first-team appearances previously.
No other Magpie has outscored Bruno since he signed last January. Both Almiron and Wilson have five goals in that period. Guimaraes gave credit to Howe after yesterday’s match as the head coach has made it a priority to get more goals out of him, especially from his head.
The goals have started to flow after the international break with 9 in two games. Prior to the break, Newcastle had failed to find the back of the net from open play in two disappointing draws at St. James’ Park.
It’s the first time Newcastle have scored 4 or more goals in back-to-back league matches since putting 4 past both Middlesbrough and Manchester United in September of 2001. Those wins were sandwiched around a 4-1 win at Brentford in the league cup thanks to a Craig Bellamy hat-trick in extra time.
These past couple of weeks have been just as magical but the focus has to quickly shift back to the business at hand. Back in 2001, we lost our next match 3-0 at West Ham. The focus is now on getting a result at Old Trafford next Sunday.