Martin O'Neill: 'Connor Wickham can go out on loan'

O'Neill: 'Wickham can go out on loan'
© PA Photos
Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill admits that he is prepared to allow striker Connor Wickham to leave the club on loan.

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill believes that striker Connor Wickham would benefit from playing first-team football.

The 19-year-old signed for the Black Cats for £8.1m from Ipswich Town in 2011 but with Wickham not featuring in the Premier League this season, O'Neill has revealed that he is prepared to allow the England Under-21 forward to leave on loan.

O'Neill said: "In recent weeks, Connor has done very well indeed. He's done well in training and I think he's very keen to do well in the team now. But of course there are a couple of centre-forwards barring his way at the minute.

"A couple of clubs have asked about him in terms of going on loan, and that's something I'll give some consideration to now. I wasn't going to do anything until after Tuesday night because we've been in the middle of a hectic programme.

"Maybe now, and I'm not just talking about Connor here, there are a couple of players I think need some games."

Wickham has scored just one goal in 19 appearances for Sunderland.

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill
Read Next:
Gabbiadini: Sunderland lacking "spark"
>
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole



Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Wolverhampton WanderersWolves1282221111026
2Cardiff CityCardiff127321710724
3Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd128041610624
4Bristol City125612011921
5Preston North EndPreston12561158721
6Leeds UnitedLeeds126241812620
7Aston Villa125431712519
8Norwich CityNorwich125431214-219
9Fulham124621612418
10Ipswich TownIpswich116052017318
11Middlesbrough124531511417
12Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds124441614216
13Derby CountyDerby114431513216
14Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest125071521-615
15Queens Park RangersQPR123541516-114
16Hull City123452320313
17Millwall123451414013
18Brentford122641415-112
19Barnsley113351517-212
20Reading113351012-212
21Birmingham CityBirmingham12327819-1111
22Burton Albion12246623-1710
23Sunderland121561322-98
24Bolton WanderersBolton12129623-175
LIVE SCORES VIDEPRINTER
expand