CONNOR Wickham is hopeful he has finally made the breakthrough at Sunderland which will see him go on to fully establish himself at the club.
The 21-year-old striker last weekend became the only player this season to score at both Manchester City and Chelsea.
And, after three goals in two games against the Premier League’s leading lights, the former Ipswich Town striker is looking forward to tomorrow’s game against Cardiff City.
“I’m back at Sunderland, finally getting my chance,” he said.
“I always knew it would come, it was just a matter of waiting, being patient and making sure that when it did come, I took it.
“Now I’m back on the track maybe everyone expected me to be on three or four years ago.”
Former Sunderland boss Steve Bruce paid £8million in 2011 for a teenager who was tipped to become one of the hottest properties in the game.
But Wickham feels that he perhaps still had a bit of growing up to do before starting to realise what is undoubtedly awesome potential.
“It’s been a tough three years for me and a disruptive time, but, in the last 12 months or so, something has happened inside me,” he said.
“I feel different. I’m feeling good. Something just clicked. I can’t really say what it is, to be honest.
“Maybe I’ve just matured a lot since I came here.
“I moved 300 miles away from home and have had to settle into a new environment in terms of the Premier League and the pressures which come with it.
“In reality, I have scored three goals inside a week and they’ve been massively important goals.
“I don’t see the hype that’s been around them because I’ve only done what I’m being paid to do.
“The goals have come at the right time against two top teams. If they’d been against lesser teams, I might have been expected to score.
“But they’ve thrown the title race up in the air and given us a chance of avoiding the drop and that’s why so much has been made of them.”
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