Wilson revels in Cherries’ competition for places

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Written by Dan Davis (@dan_davis20)

Cherries’ goal scoring hero Callum Wilson admitted the club’s squad depth motivates him to work harder.

The ex-Coventry hitman headed home a dramatic late winner for Cherries in their Carabao Cup victory against Blackburn Rovers last night.

Goals from Junior Stanislas and Jordon Ibe appeared to have eased the Dorset side into the fourth round, before Craig Conway and Adam Armstrong mounted a surprise comeback from the Championship outfit.

But in the 94th minute, after replacing veteran Jermain Defoe, Wilson popped up with the decisive finish at the far post.

After the game, Wilson told Bournemouth University media that he and Josh King were being made to work hard by the club’s other forwards.

“We’re a Premier League side. You’re going to have competition in every position really. For me and Josh (King), we have to make sure that we’re working hard every week to keep our shirts.

“Obviously you’ve got Jermain (Defoe) and Lys (Mousset) who are ready to take it at any opportunity and it’s the same with the wingers as well.”

28-year-old Stanislas returned to first-team action after an injury nightmare saw the winger side-lined for six months, and teammate Wilson stressed that Cherries also had renewed competition out wide.

“Ryan Fraser’s been doing well; David Brooks has been doing well and then you also have Jordon (Ibe). Junior’s back now and Pughie (Marc Pugh) came on and made a difference. There’s strong competition in all positions really and it’s only good and healthy for the team.”