Wickham Ready To Put Failed Sunderland Career Behind Him At Palace

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Connor Wickham finalised his move to Crystal Palace yesterday afternoon, putting pen to paper on a five-year contract with the club in a deal that is reported to be costing between £6-7 million up front, rising to a potential £9 million with add ons. 

If you speak to most Sunderland fans about the deal, you’ll be given the impression that Palace have been mugged by the Black Cats, given Wickham’s lack of consistency throughout his stay in the North East. Undoubtedly a player with potential, his game has shown brief glimpses of class on a few occasions, but for the Sunderland faithful, the 22-year-old has shown himself to be work shy once too often.

Speaking about the move, Wickham himself seems happy to admit that things had stagnated for him over the last year or so. 

“I think I needed the fresh start, I had four years up north and it’s been a bit stop-start.

“Now I’ve come back home and I can settle down and see my family a bit more and hopefully let my football do the talking.

I spoke to the gaffer last week and he said all the right things about the club and I’ve got friends here who also told me some very good things.

“I looked at the team before I arrived here and the signings that have been brought in, and the potential to score goals and the chances that could be created was a massive influence. Hopefully I can add to that talent and make the squad stronger.

Whilst it would be easy to blame Wickham individually for his struggles at Sunderland, there is often a lot to be said for a player being given the opportunity to wipe the slate clean by moving clubs after a period of poor form. Still only 22, the striker has all the time in the world to re-work his game in SE25, under the guidance of a manager who clearly believes in him, given the transfer fee Palace have willingly forked out to bring him in. 

Very similar in style to Glenn Murray, Connor will hope to hit the ground running in red and blue, flanked by the creative trickery of Bolasie and Zaha and fed through balls from the likes of Cabaye and Puncheon centrally, the Ipswich academy graduate has all the necessary tools around him to carve out a successful niche at Selhurst Park. 

Confidence will obviously play a pivotal part in his potential triumphs or failures whilst with the club, just as it would with any striker who had been widely earmarked for success so young. Should he be able to free himself from the memory of four wasted years on Wearside, we may just have a proper player on our hands. 

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  • Chris August 4, 2015 - 8:55 am Reply

    He’s an ideal Palace buy, so is Cabaye. Some of us are freaking out because we are spending far more money than we used to but we are still adopting the same strategy of trying to find value in the market. We buy talent and try to nurture it. Based only on pre-season, Mutch is looking like good business. It may not always work but Wickham has the potential to be a 15-20 goal a season season and is big and strong enough to lead the line. If anyone can get him to achieve his potential it’s Pards. We haven’t actually changed that much, we are just shopping at a higher level in the market.

    • admin August 4, 2015 - 8:57 am Reply

      Precisely that, Chris.

      We are buying a similar type of player, just for far bigger sums. That being said, we aren’t overspending, given the amount of money coming into the club from Sky.

      I’m very pleased.

    • Marcusblackcat August 4, 2015 - 8:41 pm Reply

      Cabaye is one of the best signings any of the mid tablets have made this close season! Absolute quality player. Can be naughty but seemingly gets away with it everywhere!! I’d have him at SAFC any day,

      As for Connor… I like the lad. I’m a Sunderland fan in a minority! Good luck to him.

      • admin August 5, 2015 - 7:33 am Reply

        Great to hear, Marcus. Best of luck next season.

  • Jose Fonte Baby! Jose Fonte, Oh, Oh, Oh August 4, 2015 - 10:18 am Reply

    Couldn’t agree more. 6mil rising to 9 for a 22 year old english u21 international is a steal and very low risk for an upper mid table Prem team.

    Similar to Zaha and Punch he sounds like the sort of player who needs to be loved by fans and coaching team in order to perform, something he will get here. I think he can score goals and at the very least be a pacy target man. If he does flop it is a relatively small outlay as the fee wont rise to 9mil.

    He cant be worse than the recent Palace striker alumni; Calvin Andrew, Shefki Kuqi, James Scowcroft, Jon Macken, Wayne Andews, Stern John, Pablo Cournago, Stefen Iverson, Alan Lee, Sandor Torghelle, Ivan Kaviedies, Jermaine Easter, Simon Thomas…….. If that list isn’t an indicator of progress i don’t know what is.

    • admin August 4, 2015 - 10:31 am Reply

      We must be careful not to get carried away by our own success. It’s definitely a good move for all parties.

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