Connor Wickham has given an exclusive interview to the Croydon Advertiser, within which he has declared himself fit for this Sunday’s game against Liverpool at Anfield.
After completing an hour of our U21 game against Bristol City earlier this week, the former Sunderland man was taken off as a precaution and despite not managing to find the net, he clearly felt extremely good for the experience.
Indeed, after being out of action since late August, the 22-year-old will have been itching to get back on the pitch from the moment he first sustained his thigh strain, particularly when you consider the struggle for goals Alan Pardew’s side have been forced to endure during his absence.
Although Wickham himself is still to get off the mark in front of goal for the Eagles, his performances against both Arsenal and Chelsea prior to his injury will have given everyone a genuine sense of excitement over what he can bring to the side when he is once again ready to mix it with the first-team.
Unfortunately for Connor, after more than two months out of the spotlight, there is every chance that Dwight Gayle will be preferred to him from the start at Anfield, given the diminutive striker’s fine display against Manchester United last weekend, but Wickham remains extremely likely to be put on the bench against a Reds team who are as of yet unbeaten in four games under new manager Jurgen Klopp.
Whilst the likes of Gayle, Fraizer Campbell and Patrick Bamford have continuously grafted at the head of the side, Wickham’s physical presence will allow Alan Pardew to experiment with another tactical style if the occasion calls for it, although in an ideal world, he won’t need to deploy the Ipswich academy graduate at all, as the starting XI cruise to a well deserved victory in front of a disbelieving home crowd.
Either way, it’s great to have the big man fit and raring to go once again.