Sunderland Association Football Club Current Players
10 Connor Wickham@ConnorWickham10
- Join Date:29/06/2011
Connor fits the mould of a big, bustling centre-forward and is already a huge physical presence despite his young age.
He was a prodigy during his time with Ipswich, emerging through the youth system and scoring 15 goals in 72 games for the Tractor Boys.
Connor, who was born in Colchester, was just 16 years and 11 days old when he played his first senior game.
He won the Football League’s young player of the year award in 2011 and was constantly linked with moves to clubs including Spurs and Liverpool.
But it was Sunderland who grabbed the highly-prized striker with an £8.1m bid in June 2011, with the youngster signing a four-year deal.
Despite still being young enough to play for the youth team, Wickham featured regularly in first-team squads, though 14 of his 19 appearances in 2011-12 came off the bench.
There was a memorable moment for Connor just three months into his first top-flight season as he bagged his first goal for Sunderland – a fine low finish against Aston Villa.
He has been capped by England at under-16, under-17, under-19 and under-21 level and won the U17 European Championships with his country in May 2010, scoring the winner against Spain in the final.
The striker joined Sheffield Wednesday on a month's loan in February 2013 following Danny Graham's arrival on Wearside and scored one goal in seven appearances.
He re-joined the Owls on loan in November 2013, scoring eight goals in 11 appearances for the Championship club before returning to the Stadium of Light.
Connor signed for Championship side Leeds United on loan in February 2014 and was recalled the following month.
He returned to line up against Liverpool at Anfield just four days after he started for Leeds in a 2-1 win over Millwall.
Further starts against West Ham United and Everton followed, before the youngster burst into life with two goals against Manchester City in a 2-2 draw at the Etihad Stadium.
Three days later Wickham was at it again, scoring once and assisting another as the Black Cats secured a stunning 2-1 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Wickham scored his second brace of the month in a 4-0 win over Cardiff City, which led to him being named as the Barclays Player of the Month for April.
The forward also provided the assist for Seb Larsson’s goal against Manchester United, which secured Sunderland’s first league win at Old Trafford since 1968.