Eddie Howe is right to want mentality 'monster' Callum Wilson to stay at Newcastle United

"Write him off at your peril."

Those were Eddie Howe's words after Callum Wilson took his tally for the season into double figures. Is it any wonder the Newcastle United boss wants to keep him beyond the summer?

Much has been made of Wilson's immediate future on Tyneside and whether he will be one of the players to make way in the summer. After attracting serious interest from potential suitors in January, the next few months promise to be intriguing when it comes to the clinical striker.

Questions over Wilson's future at Newcastle have naturally emerged due to the fact he is 32, has just one year left to run on his deal, has been playing second fiddle to Alexander Isak and given ongoing Financial Fair Play restraints heading into the summer transfer window. Not to mention his worrying injury record.

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In a remarkably unlucky season when it comes to Newcastle absentees, the Magpies really could have done with Wilson more readily available. Instead, the former Bournemouth forward missed six games with a hamstring problem at the beginning of the campaign, then a further four with a similar issue just one month later.

Then it was an additional six matches on the sidelines with a calf problem before missing 10 more following a freak chest problem. 26 games in total.

But let us flip to the positives. Wilson has still managed 25 appearances for Newcastle, in all competitions, this term and after his opener at Turf Moor on Saturday now has 10 goals to his name. Say what you want about the amount of time Wilson spends on the sidelines - but he never needs long to find his feet once returning to the pitch.

Wilson's strike in the 4-1 win over Burnley now takes him to 47 for Newcastle in the Premier League, moving him into second-place in that category behind Alan Shearer. But you could argue the 10 goals in 25 appearances just this season is the headline stat to focus on right now.

Howe knows no matter how many injuries, ailments or setbacks Wilson needs to overcome, he will always do so to return as good as new. As such, it's no surprise to see the Newcastle boss publicly state his desire to keep him at St James' Park into next season.

“Write him off at your peril,” said Howe. “He comes back time and time again, he’s a very motivated player. I’ve managed him for a long time now and mentality-wise, I wouldn’t swap him. He’s a monster.

“Of course I want him at the club next season and I’ll do everything to make that happen. Gareth will have seen him today and will make his own assessments (about the England squad for this summer's Euros), but he will have done himself no harm.”

England boss Gareth Southgate was in attendance in Lancashire on Saturday and knows all about Wilson's talent. If you were a betting man you'd probably be best off avoiding a cheeky flutter on the Newcastle hitman making the plane to Germany for this summer's Euros - but with three games remaining and the Magpies striker in fine form, there is also, arguably, worse wagers to place between now and the summer tournament.

Whether Wilson makes the 26-man squad or not, this summer promises to be huge. He must decide whether recent interest from elsewhere is enough to tempt him into one final challenge before he hangs up his boots, should it emerge again in the summer window.

Howe will do his very best to keep him at Newcastle - and I, for one, would be happier seeing him stay than watching him leave.