Callum Wilson has admitted to the Super 6 Podcast that he didn’t know Ross Barkley was going to sign for Aston Villa, otherwise he would have told Steve Bruce to get him for Newcastle United.
Barkley joined Villa on loan from Chelsea in the summer, in a move which came about very unexpectedly.
Barkley was seemingly part of Frank Lampard’s plans, but he was shipped out quickly after Dean Smith’s side became interested.
Wilson has linked up with the attacking midfielder for England before, and is a massive fan of his talents.
And he just wishes that Bruce had been able to bring him to St. James’ Park, as he feels that they could have formed a deadly partnership for Newcastle.
He said: “I was surprised [Chelsea let him go]. What I would say is that he’s at Villa now, but training with him he’s unreal!
“For me as a striker he’d be a great person to play with, he’d help me score goals.
“I didn’t realise he would’ve gone on loan from Chelsea otherwise I’d have said to the manager you’ve got to bring him up here, he’s unbelievable!”
Wilson actually admitted that he didn’t always know how good Barkley was.
But as soon as he saw the Villa loanee in training while on international duty his quality was clear.
“It was Ross Barkley. In a game I don’t come against Ross rarely. You see the strikers what they’re doing because they’re in your position.” he added.
“You see the defenders because you’re playing against them week in week out. Whereas Ross I’m not really coming head to head with.
“When I was there watching and involved in the finishing. He was in and around me, I felt this guy is a serious player.
“His finishing – left foot, right foot – was a joke. I was thinking he’s a midfielder! Everything was in the stanch. I’m making sure it goes in, keeping it on the floor, and everything is going top corner! I’m thinking this is different level.
“I was taken back by Ross’s ability to be honest.”
Barkley’s future may well come under question again in the summer.
But any chance Newcastle have of fulfilling Wilson’s dream and bringing him to St. James’ Park likely depend on them winning their battle against the drop.