|[Blog] What Happened to Our Star Number Nine?|
Written by JammyDodgerrr on Tuesday, 16th Nov 2010 13:49
I'm sure every supporter of ITFC knows his name and I'm pretty sure they all know what he is about. A burly 17 year old who if you had just seen for the first time you'd no doubt think he was a little bit older!
Now I'm not here to talk about his physique, I'm here to talk about the massive dilemma that is facing our infamous manager. Wickham is undoubtedly very, very talented but you have to remember that at the moment he is pure raw talent, and the rest is potential. Aside from the upcoming transfer window, the problem for me is how to utilise Wickham in the best way possible.
Wickham undoubtedly finished on a massive high last season, scoring several goals after signing his first professional contract, some of them were very classy too, just see his goal against Derby.
Everyone then assumed then Keane would sell Priskin and Wickham would lead the line, however both the fans and Wickham were brought down to earth quicker than expected, as Wickham picked up a nasty ankle injury in pre-season meaning he missed the first few games of the season and all the fitness build up in pre-season too.
Then after making a quicker recovery than expected, as with ankle injuries, he suffered a further setback for a few weeks leaving him to I believe, only four or five appearances this season.
Now I've obviously seen some criticism of Roy and his handling, saying he is using "kid gloves" and then the infamous Daily Mail rubbish saying there was a bust up between the pair.
If we can credit Roy for one thing in his tenure so far, it has to be that he is excellent with young players and I trust he is also doing the right thing with young Connor. He also doesn't even need to rushing Wickham back from injury as Tamas seems to have become nigh-on unstoppable recently and Scotland who seems to always score at home.
We may just have to wait a few more weeks to relish our star number nine back to his natural best. This was written before the derby game and he's now been called up to the England U21 squad, but I still don't think he is quite ready yet.
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