AFC Bournemouth: Callum Wilson rejects Lewis Grabban comparison

New Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson has rejected comparisons with former Cherries star Lewis Grabban and says he will focus on his own performances.

Bournemouth sold top scorer Grabban to Norwich and signed Wilson from Coventry earlier this month.

But he has rejected suggestions he has been brought in to replace Grabban.

Callum Wilson

  • Came through hometown Coventry's academy.
  • Had loan spells at Kettering and Tamworth.
  • Scored 22 goals in 41 games for Coventry last season.

"I have not come here to replace anybody," Wilson told BBC Radio Solent. "I've just come here to score goals for the team."

The 22-year-old scored 22 goals in 41 games for the Sky Blues, his hometown club, last season.

And Wilson says he is excited by the new challenge awaiting him at Dean Court and is determined to fire Bournemouth into the Premier League.

"The ambition is to get to the Premier League," he said. "I have not come here just to be a Championship player. I want to kick on with Bournemouth and get to the Premier League and take the next step in my career."

Wilson also believes he can form a formidable partnership with fellow Bournemouth forward Yann Kermorgant.

"Eddie Howe showed me some clips of my partnership with Leon Clarke and some of Lewis Grabban with Yann and it's almost identical," he said.

"I relished that partnership so I know I'm going to have another good strike partner if selected. The style of play is similar to Coventry also. Bournemouth like to press and play from the back so it's good and something I want to be part of."

Wilson admitted it had been a wrench to leave is home town club but the chance to play Championship football was too good to turn down.

"Coventry is my home town club and I supported them as a boy," he said. "So no matter what state they are in you will always support them but the chance to play Championship football is something I had to grab with both hands."