Callum Wilson is planning to ‘wind up’ Tottenham Hotspur star James Maddison after he missed out on a move to Newcastle United this summer.
The Magpies were battling to sign Maddison from Leicester City, but it was Tottenham who won the race. The club decided that the 26-year-old was not an essential signing, despite Maddison reportedly being very keen to make the move to the North East.
He joined Spurs instead, and is enjoying a fantastic start to life in North London. He is already a key player for Ange Postecoglu, whose side drew 2-2 with Arsenal at the weekend.
During that game, Maddison was the subject of ridicule or ‘banter’. Bukayo Saka scored a penalty for Arsenal, and he celebrated by doing Maddison’s trademark darts celebration.
Now Wilson has spoke about the indicident, and admitted that he might do it himself to wind up his England teammate.
Callum Wilson plans to mock James Maddison if he scores against Tottenham
On the latest episode of the Footballer’s Football Podcast, Wilson spoke about doing Maddison’s darts celebration in the future. He also addressed the rumours that Newcastle wanted to sign him over the summer.
“For banter I might actually do his celebration as I know him and I might make it a running thing that if you score against Tottenham you have to do Madders’ celebration,” he said.
“It’ll wind him up for sure. Especially as he had Newcastle and Tottenham to the side and he chose them.
“Those assists he could have been doing up here! It might not have been me as I’ve been on the bench for a while but for Alex! I might do his darts celebration but we will have to keep it on the low!”
If only they were playing together at Newcastle
As Wilson says, it would have been a dream to have Maddison at Newcastle, creating the type of chances that he is for Tottenham.
But Newcastle looked elsewhere, and though more long-term with the addition of Sandro Tonali.
While Wilson may wish he and Maddison were teammates at club level, they will be against each other when Newcastle take on Tottenham in December.
That will be Wilson’s first chance to be true to his word and do Maddison’s celebration. For that to happen, he will have to score away at Spurs, which he did last season in a 2-1 win.
Hopefully he does find the net and we see Wilson go for the treble 20 – although you have to imagine it will only make Maddison more desperate to influence the game and get revenge.