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Leeds United have signed Connor Wickham on loan from Sunderland until the end of the season, with fingers crossed that he can bring his on-loan form for Sheffield Wednesday with him.
Wickham has scored eight goals in eleven appearances for Wednesday this season, reestablishing his reputation as a striker following his big money move to Sunderland.
Sunderland signed him for £8m from Ipswich, with add-ons that would take the deal to £12m; add-ons that, if they’re linked to goals, don’t look like being added on anytime soon. One goal in three seasons at Sunderland has made the pricetag look as outsized as Michael Ricketts’ backside did after his career faltered in the north-east.
At just 20 years old, though, Wickham’s potential remains his best asset; and at the same age as on-loan goalie Jack Butland, his arrival means Leeds now have young England prospects playing up front and at the back.
While Mathieu Smith has exceeded expectations since his free transfer from Oldham, United have lacked proper back-up to Ross McCormack all season; Ross is the Championship’s top scorer, but he’s had to make a lot of the goals that got him there himself, and the bulk of Leeds’ scoring this season has been done by him and him alone.
As well as goals at Wednesday, Wickham has contributed three assists, and at 6ft 2in he provides an aerial threat that little Ross and Noel Hunt can’t; if we’re really getting behind this idea, let’s say that Wickham could become the focal point that brings the best out of Jimmy Kebe and Cameron Stewart, too, giving the Leeds attack a complete new look compared to the pre-Christmas version.
And why should we stop getting carried away? This video compares Connor Wickham to Fernando Torres – back when Torres was good, that is – and YouTube highlight reels are always a reliable indicator of future success, so let’s sit back and enjoy.
I’d still rather have Becchio though.
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