According to The Sunderland Echo, The Black Cats’ striker Charlie Wyke has said that he needs to add more goals to his game this season.
The former Bradford City striker has only featured nine times in League One this season since arriving in the summer with a knee injury. Another injury during the season has curtailed his chance of replicating his good form he showed with the Yorkshire club last season.
Fortunately for manager Jack Ross, Wyke’s absence has not affected the club as much as first feared as Josh Maja has hit some major form this season, managing 15 goals in 25 games in the league. However, with speculation surrounding the 20-year-old’s future, and Sunderland showing a dip in form, Ross will surely need Wyke to find his form quickly.
Wyke has only managed one league goal this season, which is a poor return for a striker. Although there is the caveat that he is recovering from injury, The Black Cats cannot throw their season away as they wait for Wyke to find form. Of course, the 26-year-old is a different type of striker to his counterpart Maja. At 6ft 2, his is more of a physical presence deployed to hold the ball up, whereas Maja is perhaps a more natural goal scorer.
But with Sunderland without a win in their last three league matches, Wyke may be the key to Sunderland snapping this poor run of form. In third place in League One, The Black Cats are out of the automatic qualification spot that they would have expected this season, and it is time that some of their big players stood up.