Sheffield Wednesday: Gray wary of Wilson threat

Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson.
Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson.
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Sheffield Wednesday boss Stuart Gray has highlighted the potent threat of Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson ahead of tonight’s Championship tussle at Hillsborough.

Wilson has bagged 11 goals in 18 appearances since joining the Cherries in the summer from Coventry City.

Gray told The Star: “Bournemouth play to his strengths. He plays on the shoulder. He works the channels well. He’s on a good run of form but I fancy my two centre-backs to hopefully nullify him.

“I’m not worried about individuals of the opposition. I am more concerned with what we do.”

Bournemouth spent in excess of £2m on Wilson, who has notched six goals in his last six outings.

“They did good business,” acknowledged Gray. “They sold Lewis Grabban for £5m to Norwich. It does help when you’ve got the millions to identify the better strikers.

“I know the hand I’ve got and I have to get on with it. We knew we would generate some money by selling Michail Antonio to Forest and we re-invested some of that money back into the squad on Stevie May. Unfortunately, we are not in Bournemouth’s league.”

Bournemouth travel to South Yorkshire seeking a sixth successive home win. They finished 10th last season - the club’s highest placing in the second tier in its history.

Gray knows Cherries boss Eddie Howe from their days together at Burnley and is full of praise for the squad he has assembled.

“People say certain clubs fit certain individuals,” he said. “I worked with Eddie at Burnley when he was manager then.

“Suddenly he’s gone back to Bournemouth and done fantastically well when you think back to where they have come from.

“They’ve had big investment. When you can make 10 changes against WBA, it just shows the quality and strength and depth he’s got.

“Eddie is a student of the game. He’s a listener, a good talker and organiser. I enjoyed working with him.

“We picked each other’s brains but he’s his own man. He’s worked under Harry Redknapp. His career came to a sudden end because of a knee injury but he knew what route he was going to go down so credit to him for turning it around.

“He’s built on what he had last season. He’s got Matt Ritchie out wide and Marc Pugh who can cause you problems. Andrew Surman is a quality player who was at Southampton and went to Norwich.

“He’s got competition and two players who can play in each position. The place was rocking when I watched the West Brom game last week.

“It will be a good test for us and is a game we are looking forward to it.”