O'Neill Will Assess Wickham in Pre-Season
Saturday, 5th May 2012 09:19
Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill says he needs to see former Blues striker Connor Wickham in action over a run of games in order to make an assessment of the 19-year-old. The England U21 international has been linked with a loan return to Town next season with manager Paul Jewell and chief executive Simon Clegg both admitting that the Blues would be interested should Wickham become available.
O’Neill said: "I will get a better idea of him in pre-season. He will get a proper opportunity, seeing him in back-to-back games and against some decent opposition. I will then be under less pressure to find an immediate solution like I have been in my first season.
“Since I arrived it has been stop-start for him, particularly with niggling injuries. He picked up an injury at Spurs and was not fully fit against Blackburn, and I was delighted with him.
"Then he picked up another injury and was out of contention. He twisted an ankle a couple of weeks ago.
“He needs a run of games for me to form a proper opinion of what he can do in the Premier League. I don't want bit-part players, I want him to be a leading light."
Wickham joined Sunderland from the Blues last summer for an initial fee of £8.1 million but has made only six starts and 12 sub appearances this season, scoring one goal.
Photo: Action Images
Please report offensive, libellous or inappropriate posts by using the links provided.
You need to login in order to post your comments
Blogs 279 bloggers
Reflections On the Change of Ownership at Ipswich by PhilR
I am in my late 50s and have supported the club for as long as I can remember.
Power of Motivation by LegendRay
The strangest and most disappointing aspect of this season has been lack of bounce.
Demolition Man by tractorboykent
Paul Cook isn’t a man to mince words. Even though we are all sick of the continuing spiral of underachievement at Town, it was nevertheless still a bit of a shock to hear him lay into the 18 that capitulated to Wimbledon in what he described before kick-off as a season defining match.
Here We Go by tractorboykent
For a club recently described as Britain’s unhappiest, it may seem odd that Town fans are suddenly awash with optimism now that the deal is done.
One of the Strongest Squads? by NormEmerges
I keep hearing that ITFC has one of the strongest squads in League One. It’s certainly true that we have one of the biggest squads, but strongest? I would assume ‘strongest’ to mean ‘includes higher quality players for this league’. What do the facts tell us?
Ipswich Town Polls
[ Vote here ]