This week we take a trip to East Anglia, Suffolk to be precise to take a look at Ipswich Towns teenage prodigy Connor Wickham. After earning his first cap for England under 21’s against their German counterparts on the 16th November. Where, introduced as a 66th minute substitute for Scott Sinclair the 17 year old Wickham almost halved the 2 nil deficit with a flicked header from a Danny Rose cross.
It seems England and Wickham will be walking hand in hand for the foreseeable future with him being picked at every age level from under 16’s up. His inclusion in Stuart Pearce’s under 21’s at the tender age of 17 is testament to his high regard by England’s coaching staff.
He has been used more sparingly at domestic level this season as Roy Keane has preferred the more experienced Jason Scotland and Tamas Priskin but, Wickham has made regular appearances from the tractor boys’ bench.
Ever since Wickham became Ipswich’s youngest ever player with his substitute appearance against Doncaster aged just 16 years and 11 days hardly a weekday goes by without the Hereford born frontman being linked to the likes of Manchester United, Spurs and Chelsea. It seems that he is destined for great things and managers of the Premiership elite have taken note of this.
Name: Connor Wickham
Born: 31st March 1993, Hereford, England
Height: 1.91m (6 ft 3 in)
Squad Number: 9
Goals Scored: 6
National: England under 21
Goals Scored: 0
Current Ability: 3/5
Potential Ability: 5/5
A definite one to watch has all the attributes needed to carve a successful career as a Premiership striker. Full of promise and good attitude, as demonstrated in his under 21 debut.
There has been talk of a bigger club signing him and loaning him back to Ipswich to continue his footballing development but, Roy Keane is quite rightly not so keen to lose his prized asset at such an early age.
With money power at an all time high though the super rich Premier League may have the last say, unfortunately for fans of the Tractor Boys this will probably mean losing Wickham before they have seen the best of their prodigy.
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