The Magpies frontman brilliantly clipped a left-footed shot over Hugo Lloris’ head, after clashing with the Frenchman outside of the box, from distance.
However, one striker at St. James’ Park is not enjoying a successful campaign as it stands is Chris Wood. The forward has failed to score in 11 top-flight outings and could be third in the pecking order for the number nine role when Alexander Isak is back fit and available.
The forward scored two goals in 17 Premier League games in the second half of last term and Dan Ashworth moved to snap up Isak in the summer to compete with Wilson at the top end of the pitch, which indicates that he did not see enough from Wood to suggest that he was good enough to start matches on a regular basis.
Wood has scored two goals and failed to provide a single assist in 28 league matches for the club since moving from the Clarets and Newcastle should now consider cashing in on him in the January transfer window.
The signing, based on his unimpressive statistics, has not worked out and Howe could ditch the flop by unearthing one of the promising strikers in the academy set-up – Dylan Stephenson.
Wood could be the third choice behind Wilson and Isak and this means that the club would not need to bring in another big-money signing with the expectation of them hitting the ground running and being a starter.
Therefore, promoting a youngster to take his place on the bench, whilst playing sporadically in all competitions, could be a healthy progression to help Stephenson in his development, whilst allowing Ashworth to recoup some money on the former Burnley man.
The 19-year-old Toon marksman who Craig Hope once claimed “knows where the net is” has been on fire in the academy side in recent years and his statistics indicate that he has the potential to make the step up to first-team level.
Since the start of last season, Stephenson has scored 17 goals and provided three assists in 32 Premier League 2 outings for the U21s. This comes after he had scored 20 goals in 39 appearances for the U18s prior to moving up an age group as a result of his stunning form in front of goal.
Howe must now promote the talented teen into the first-team set-up to replace Wood, as it would allow the club to sell the New Zealand international in January whilst giving a promising young player an opportunity to prove himself.