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Wyke and Sinclair could give Sunderland best duo since Quinn and Philipps

Wyke and Sinclair could give Sunderland best duo since Quinn and Philipps

According to The Chronicle, Sunderland manager Jack Ross has provided very positive news about the return of his striking duo. 

The Black Cats boss announced that new signings Jerome Sinclair and Charlie Wyke have recovered from their preseason injuries and have returned to full fitness. The pair had played a few minutes in recent weeks, but could look to start at Sunderland host Fleetwood tomorrow.

Ross has had to rely on Josh Maja and Chris Maguire for the opening weeks of the League One season. While they have done a great job in guiding Sunderland to four wins and two draws in their opening six fixtures, the return of 25-year-old Wyke and Watford loan Sinclair will undoubtedly boost the team.

This partnership bears comparison to Sunderland’s iconic attacking partnership between Niall Quinn and Kevin Phillips twenty years ago. The duo recorded 90 goals between them in the Premier League for Sunderland, and Wyke and Sinclair could build a formidable partnership, albeit in League One.

The 21-year-old Sinclair will only be at The Stadium of Light for this season, so the partnership may not have the longevity of Quinn and Phillips, but if he helps Sunderland gain promotion alongside Wyke, he will undoubtedly go down in folklore in the northeast. And who knows what the future holds if the club earn promotion back into the Championship and the striker becomes a fan-favourite, he could become a permanent deal.

But for now, Ross will be delighted with his options. He admits that these two will bring more variety to The Black Cats’ attack, and will hope they get off to a flying start tomorrow.

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