Wilson delighted to be making up for lost time
Bournemouth's Callum Wilson says his injury woes have helped shape him as a player and he is delighted to be back firing on all cylinders.
The England forward is now regarded as one of the hottest marksmen outside the top six, after scoring 14 goals in 30 Premier League games last season.
However, his start to Premier League life proved to be difficult after winning promotion in 2015. Wilson suffered a cruciate ligament injury during a game against Stoke in September 2015 in his right knee and was ruled out for six months.
After getting back to full fitness, he then suffered the same injury but in his left knee in February 2017 and faced yet more heartbreak on the sidelines, while he watched his team-mates helped Bournemouth to their highest ever finish of ninth in the top flight in 2016-17 season.
Despite that, the 27-year-old former Coventry forward has battled back and has now re-established himself as the first choice Cherries forward in Eddie Howe’s side, along with Josh King.
However, he is content with how his career has panned out and says the injuries have helped him in a sense.
“I guess I would be happy with how my career has gone up to this point,” he told Sky Sports.
“A few injuries on the way have hampered me and probably taken two years out of my career so, ideally, I’d be where I am now but at 25 years of age and in a much better position.
“I would have got to that had it not been for those setbacks, but you cannot change it, that’s happened. I am grateful for where I am now and I’ve obviously still got a lot more to give and to go.”
The forward only played in 13 and 20 Premier League games respectively during his first two seasons in the top flight but has seen his game time increase over the past two years.
Wilson grabbed eight in 28 in the 2017-18 season before his best-ever scoring season last year.
His form led to a maiden England call up and he scored on his debut last year against the United States in a friendly.
The Cherries’ number 13 also had a goal ruled out in the Nations League third-place play off match against Switzerland after VAR spotted a handball.
He was linked with a move away in the summer with Chelsea and West Ham thought to be interested but Bournemouth held firm.