Sunderland striker Charlie Wyke grabbed a brace against Carlisle United on Tuesday afternoon as the Black Cats moved forward with preparations for the new season.
Phil Parkinson will be desperate to finally take the Wearsiders back to the Championship after two failed attempts at getting out of League One.
Their pre-season form has been relatively good so far, beating Gateshead 3-1 at the weekend and following up with a win by the same scoreline against Carlisle yesterday.
Wyke struggled for form last season, netting just five goals in 27 league appearances, and Parkinson may have been tempted to seek an upgrade on the striker in the transfer market.
Danny Graham has been linked with a move to the Stadium of Light of late, but Wyke’s impressive performance against Carlisle is likely to have handed Parkinson some belief that regular goals could follow from the 27-year-old, who has netted 82 times in his senior career to date.
Lewis Alessandra put the visitors ahead with a strike from distance before Wyke levelled and that was followed by a goal from Chris Maguire, who came off the bench to score. The former Bradford striker then made sure of the victory with his second goal of the day with 10 minutes remaining. [via safc.com]
Wyke’s inconsistent form last term had become quite a concern but, if his performance against Carlisle is a sign of things to come, then Sunderland fans and Parkinson can feel more confident in the striker.
More of that is needed for the Black Cats if they are to improve on their eighth-placed finish from last season and Wyke must now produce such performances more regularly to help Sunderland back into the Championship.
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