This article forms part of our Total Duds feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how bad a deal the club got.
Connor Wickham came to Crystal Palace back in August 2015 from Sunderland for a fee of £9m, per Transfermarkt. The striker managed 15 goals in 91 appearances at the Black Cats and before that, he struck 11 goals in 30 games for Sheffield Wednesday.
It hasn’t gone exactly to plan at Selhurst Park but the forward showed promise before his move to the club as he had featured in the past for the England under-21 side, for whom he scored six goals in 17 appearances.
Wickham got injured early on in his time at Palace, missing eight out his first 11 games, and this would sum up his career at the south London side as he has missed 94 games in total due to injury, with a cruciate ligament rupture causing him to miss 470 days of football at one point, per Transfermarkt.
When he has been fit, the 27-year-old made 50 appearances for Palace in all competitions, which is not a lot bearing in mind he has been at the club for five years. His scoring tally is not great either as he has only managed 11 goals for the Eagles, which equates to £818,182 per goal. It looks like Roy Hodgson sees Wickham’s Palace career coming to an end soon as he allowed the player to go out on loan to Championship side Sheffield Wednesday last season.
All in all, Wickham definitely looked to be a good signing at the time to bolster the attack at the club, but the Eagles’ £9m investment has since proven to be money poorly spent as he has struggled for form, fitness and game-time .The expensive transfer has sadly been a disaster for these reasons and hopefully Wickham can still somehow turn around his career at Selhurst Park.
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