Connor Wickham is expected at Palace’s training ground this morning, after a fee of around £8 million was agreed between the south Londoners and Sunderland for his services.
Despite being just 22, Wickham’s career to date has caused much of the Palace faithful to debate whether or not he’s worth the fee, with his undoubtedly huge potential having failed to ever transform into regular goals for the Black Cats.
Conversations you have with Sunderland fans over the Ipswich academy man can throw up a wide variety of opinions, with some suggesting his talent has been vastly overestimated for years, whilst others claim that with the right tactical system, he has every chance of being a roaring success in SE25.
Thanks to his sizeable frame and tender age, Wickham does have the enviable benefit of time on his side, with a switch to Selhurst Park almost certain to come in tandem with a financially lucrative long-term contract and the backing of his new manager Alan Pardew, whose willingness to use Glenn Murray last season highlights the obvious mutual benefits of a tie up with the £8 million man.
You get the impression that Connor is searching for a spark with which to ignite his career, having endured a number of false dawns to date. Perhaps he will light the blue touch paper in south London, perhaps not, but for Palace, after a summer long search for a new striker, it seems they’ve finally settled on their man.
Take a look at the videos below to get a taste of what we’re in for should he indeed make his move official over the next day or so.