Charlie Wyke has departed Sunderland to join divisional rivals Wigan Athletic on a three-year contract [The Chronicle].
The Lowdown: Sunderland prepare for critical 2021/22 season
Looking ahead to 2021/22, Black Cats manager Lee Johnson will be under no illusions about the task at hand, as he bids to lift his side out of Sky Bet League One for the first time in four seasons.
Making moves in the transfer market, the North East giants have bolstered their squad with the addition of former Manchester United goalkeeper Jacob Carney [United in Focus].
However, they have now suffered a blow heading into the forthcoming campaign, losing their top goalscorer.
Is Wigan Athletic a good move for Charlie Wyke?
The Latest: Wyke seals lucrative three-year deal at Wigan Athletic
Confirmed on Wednesday morning, 28-year-old Wyke has chosen to put pen to paper on a lucrative three year deal at the DW Stadium [The Chronicle].
Sunderland did offer the 6 foot 2 frontman the chance to stay on Wearside, nevertheless he rebuffed their advances in favour of an agreement which is speculated to be worth around £10,000 p/w in order to get him on board [The Chronicle].
Interest in the former Middlesbrough man has been rife all summer, with Celtic, Boro, Cardiff City, Nottingham Forest and CSKA Moscow all touted with having a keen eye on his situation [Sunderland Echo].
The Verdict: Disappointing
This news will come as a bitter blow to Johnson’s pre-season preparations, despite what some fans make think of Wyke’s all-round play.
The Englishman notched an incredible 35 goal contributions from 53 fixtures this season – 30 goals and five assists [Transfermarkt] – so that is simply a huge void to fill in front of goal.
He claimed eight man of the match awards alongside scoring an average rating across the campaign of 7.35 out of 10 (Whoscored), ranking second in the squad behind Aiden McGeady.
Wake was once described as ‘brilliant’ by ex-teammate Lyndon Gooch [This is Futbol], and Johnson must be offered considerable funds to find a suitable replacement – whatever fans think of Wyke’s farewell, replacing 30 goals will not be easy.
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