Gabby Agbonlahor has signified that Charlie Wyke could make a significant impression at Celtic, should he complete a move from North East giants Sunderland [Football Insider].
The Lowdown: Sunderland gear up for 2021/22
As Sunderland get their ducks in a row ahead of the 2021/22 campaign, they will be desperate to re-shape their squad effectively as they bid for promotion once more.
Though acquiring high-profile players will be an important element of this, keeping top assets at the Stadium of Light will take equal precedence for manager Lee Johnson.
Despite this, one man the Black Cats look certain to lose is Wyke. Currently in talks with Celtic over a move north of the border, he looks likely to complete a Wearside exit at some point this summer upon the expiration of his contract [Glasgow Live].
Should Wyke have signed a new Sunderland contract?
The Latest: Agbonlahor pays tribute to ‘brilliant’ Wyke as he backs him to succeed
Prompting Agbonlahor to discuss his abilities and whether he could handle the rigours of the expectations in Glasgow, the talkSPORT pundit was quick to back up the 28-year-old in an interview with Football Insider; claiming:
“I think so. Celtic are in talks for a brilliant signing, if they get it done.
“Yes, it’s a big step up but he’s a quality player in League One.
“I’m sure he can make that step up fine and continue to improve.” [Football Insider].
The Verdict: Replacing Wyke should be the main priority for Sunderland; plans already in place
Correctly, the former Aston Villa star points out the poacher’s contribution to Sunderland’s promotion endeavours in 2020/21.
In 54 appearances, the potent striker scored an incredible 31 goals for his current employers [SoccerBase] – whether fans were happy with his overall play or not, that is a lot of goals to replace.
Particularly potent in the air, he registered 16 goals with his head across this timeframe [67 Hail Hail]. There is little doubt he could handle the physicality of the Scottish Premiership.
Losing Wyke would come as a bitter blow to Johnson, but potential replacements are already in the works, following links with AFC Wimbledon striker Joe Pigott and Nottingham Forest forward Lyle Taylor.
Identifying a suitable alternative to Wyke before he moves on would be the best possible scenario in this situation for the Black Cats.
In other news, Wolves fans fume at a Sunderland bid for a Molineux man.
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