Understandably, the majority of Palace fans’ focus in the closing stages of the transfer window has been placed on incoming signings but according to Alan Nixon, the Eagles will sell striker Connor Wickham, with Reading, Bristol City and Stoke all poised to make a move for him before Thursday’s deadline.
Now 26 years old, Wickham has struggled massively for fitness since making the move to Selhurst Park from Sunderland in the summer of 2015 and finds himself at something of a career crossroads, well aware that he has real strides to make in terms of performance and maintaining match fitness if he is to convince Roy Hodgson that he’s a man who’s capable of spearheading Palace’s attack in the Premier League.
PALACE. Will sell Wickham. BRISTOL CITY, STOKE and READING all hovering.
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) August 4, 2019
I personally feel that Connor has the ability to score goals if he is fit and playing regularly but will that chance come at Palace this year? It seems unlikely as things stand. Elsewhere, particularly in the second tier, he could go on to be a real asset for whoever lands him. He’d need to accept a relatively modest wage compared to what most top flight strikers are used to but if the hunger to prove himself remains, he strikes me as the sort who’d willingly cut his pay packet to get back on the goal trail.
Speak to most nuetrals and they’ll express a degree of shock that the Ipswich academy graduate is still just 26. Such was his reputation as a teenager that he seems to have been around forever and a day. There’s an extremely good footballer in there looking for a little bit of faith from a manger who’ll willingly give him a run of games without stressing if he’s a tad ring-rusty. Should he get it, he could be scoring 20+ a season in the second tier but the question marks over how his body will hold up are almost certainly why Palace are open to a sale.
Watch this space.