When Callum Wilson signed for Newcastle United in time to face West Ham United in the season opener this weekend it seemed ominous.
The striker has a superb goalscoring record against West Ham for Bournemouth over the years.
Even if one of them was infamously a ‘touch of magic’ (Sky Sports).
The fact the striker was immediately licking his lips at the prospect of playing West Ham will cut David Moyes to the bone.
Newcastle star’s taunt cuts Moyes to the bone on mission to end shake touch tag
Speaking to Sky Sports after signing for Newcastle for £20million, Wilson said: “It’s West Ham you know, I like playing against them!
“It is a nice team to play against, it give mes confidence going into the game having scored so many goals against them in the past.”
Those comments will rankle with Moyes who is on a mission to shake off West Ham’s reputation of being a soft touch.
In July Moyes told The Guardian: “I want to get away from a West Ham team that is soft. I want them to be harder and tougher.”
“We’ve got an awful lot of good football players,” Moyes said.
Wilson jibe should inspire West Ham to shut him out and up
“That is the way I am going and that is the way we tend to play. When I said ‘hard’ it was getting away from the inconsistent West Ham; the flaky West Ham.
“I want us to get away from being a team where you think you can roll them over and catch them on an off day. I want more consistency.”
West Ham’s players should use Wilson’s comments as inspiration.
After all here is a fellow Premier League player publicly mocking you and your teammates. Describing West Ham as a ‘nice team to play against’ is an insult.
Easy to see why Moyes wants some Burnley steel
What Wilson really means is West Ham are an easy team to play against for a striker.
Of course he has a point. West Ham conceded 60+ goals last term for the third time in the last four seasons.
So it is no wonder Moyes is desperate to add some steel in the shape of Burnley and England defender James Tarkowski (Evening Standard).
If the Scot can pull that off it won’t come in time for Saturday night’s curtain raiser.
So West Ham need to rally together and keep Wilson quiet, on the pitch and off it.