Connor Wickham has pulled no punches in his comments on Sunderland’s supporters, who he feels were far too quick to judge him during his time at the Stadium Of Light.
In what is an absolutely fantastic interview from start to finish, the Ipswich academy man has opened up fully about the difficulties he endured throughout his time in the North East, wasting no time in admitting that he’s a “million miles happier” since making the move to Selhurst Park.
Still only 22, the interview paints Wickham as a man with a burning desire to prove to those who have written him off, (particularly at Sunderland) that he is well worth the multi-million pound fee we shelled out for him on the say so of Alan Pardew.
Despite the fact that he is still waiting to bag his first goal in Palace colours, there isn’t a hint of stress in his tone, with the front man instead sounding supremely confident about what the future holds for him in SE25, where he is being trusted to play his natural game by the manager, and is flourishing as a result.
Refusing to hold back at any point of the interview, Wickham is impressively quick to criticise Sunderland’s supporters for their judgemental stance towards him, before making a direct comparison to our own fan-base which is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
Make no mistake, this isn’t a man who is simply looking to do a good PR job having moved to a new club, Connor clearly believes every word of what he is saying when taking potshots at the Black Cats.
There is a fire underneath him as a consequence of their attitude towards his game which he is more than happy to embrace. For us, particularly on Monday night, that can only be a good thing.
If his comments above are anything to go by, it might be worth putting a pound or two on him to score his first, second and third goal in Palace colours tomorrow night. He’s more than ready to make an impact.