Les Ferdinand does not hesitate. He answers immediately, with his response feeling as instinctive as the goalscoring prowess of his playing days.

“To be a natural goalscorer, you have to love scoring goals, to thrive off it,” says Ferdinand, who scored 41 times in 68 Premier League games for Newcastle United between 1995 and 1997. “Somehow or someway, you’ll find your way into positions that you know give you a chance of scoring from. That’s what Callum Wilson does. That’s why he’s different to the other strikers Newcastle have had recently.

“You either have it innately, or you don’t. When I see a centre-forward, or a so-called centre-forward, outside of the box, not eager to get into the area, that tells me they’re not a natural goalscorer. Nine times out of 10, the best chance a striker has of scoring is from being as close to the goal as possible. Callum realises that; he wants to score…





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