Callum Wilson the Coventry City local born in 1992, aged 26, currently plays for AFC Bournemouth. Wilson began his career playing for his local side and made his debut in 2009 against Hartlepool United. In 2010 Wilson signed his first professional contract for the Sky Blues, later on in the year he made his league debut in December 2010. (Information Cradle 2018)
By the 2013/14 season Wilson had now become an established player for the Sky Blues scoring 10 goals in just 11 matches. (Information Cradle 2018) Wilson finished the season third-top goal scorer with 22 goals and earned himself in the League One PFA Team Of The Year despite suffering a serious shoulder injury. It was apparent this was one of Wilson’s best season winning the clubs Top Goal-scorer and Player’s Player award voted by his players and Player of the season award voted by Sky Blue fans. (Information Cradle 2018)
This rich form was rewarded with a big move to AFC Bournemouth in July 2014, Wilson scored twice on his debut for the Cherries. Wilson became a key individual for Bournemouth and played a vital role in helping the club achieve promotion to the Premier League. Scoring 20 goals Wilson was yet again the top scorer for his club. (Information Cradle 2018)
Wilson was able to score his first Premier League goal in August 2015 against West Ham, ending the season with five goals in 13 appearances. (Premier League 2018). Wilson has suffered from multiple injuries leading to his playing time and goals being reduced, suffering from injuries in both knees leaving him out for over a year. (Information Cradle 2018). Since being promoted to the Premier League Wilson has failed to score over goals ten in a season and start in 30 matches, however, Wilson has started the 2018/19 season in fine form. Scoring six goals and four assists in 13 appearances. (Premier League 2018). This fine form has led to him sitting in joint-third goal scorer in the league only top behind the leading scorers. Additionally, this rich vein of form led to Wilson receiving his first cap for the England national side in November 2018 in a friendly against USA. Scoring on his debut in the 77th minute Wilson became the first ever Bournemouth player to score for England. (Sky Sports 2018).
Callum Wilson has shown that despite his career in the lower leagues starting at Coventry City it is not impossible to make it all the way to the England national side. At age 26 Wilson is still able to continue his growth and development and potentially a move to one of the Premier League’s ‘big six’. Therefore, if there are any young footballers out there in Coventry never give up on your dreams as you never know you may become the next Callum Wilson!
Information Cradle (2018) Callum Wilson. https://informationcradle.com/europe/callum-wilson/ [Accessed 28/11/2018]
Premier League (2018) Callum Wilson. https://www.premierleague.com/players/8454/Callum-Wilson/overview [Accessed 28/11/2018]
Sky Sports; Jack Wilkinson (2018) Wilson shines on Rooney farewell. https://www.skysports.com/football/england-vs-usa/389081 [Accessed 28/11/2018]