CALLUM WILSON made their debut at Newcastle pre-season under Steve Bruce – claiming they were unfit for the first game.
The Magpies still haven’t won at the foot of the table and Wilson believes they have played poorly against West Ham.
Newcastle got off to a fiery start with Toon’s No 9 giving them the lead at St James’ Park but ran out of breath and lost 4-2.
And Wilson counts summer preparations under Bruce – to be replaced by Eddie Howe after leaving in October – disabled them.
Speaking to Hammers star Michail Antonio on The Footballer’s Football Podcast, he said: “I’d say the first game of the season, we weren’t fit enough to be ready for a Premier League game.
“We are not healthy enough and we are going in the wrong place.
“The longer the game goes on, the more you dominate us, which can make us unable to play as we should.
“The way the game started turning into a basketball game.
“You attack, we attack, you attack, by the third strike, I’m thinking ‘Boy, I can’t do that run again because I don’t have the energy.’
“While you guys [West Ham} were like boom, boom, boom, keep going. That’s the difference.
“The pre-season is massive for the way it sets you up for the season.”
Wilson, 29, played under Howe at Bournemouth – and he knows pre-season would have been very different under the ex-Cherries boss.
He added: “We had players that had Covid which hampered our pre-season but, I know when I’ve done a pre-season with Eddie (Howe), it’s been all football-based with the ball.
“Big games with the ball and you’re getting a lot of football fitness.
“There’s running fitness and football fitness.
“A lot of managers will go for football fitness but some will go for just running and think you can run all day but when you actually get into football-specific movements and stuff like that, blowing out my a***.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/premier-league/4199503/callum-wilson-newcastle-pre-season-training-steve-bruce/ Callum Wilson begins pre-season training for Newcastle under Steve Bruce and says they are not ready for first game