Connor Wickham awaiting Sunderland return despite ‘enjoying’ Sheffield Wednesday

Leicester City v Sheffield Wednesday....Owls match winner Connor Wickham at the final whistle
Leicester City v Sheffield Wednesday....Owls match winner Connor Wickham at the final whistle
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CONNOR Wickham will wait on talks over his loan spell this week, despite admitting his content at Sheffield Wednesday after breaking his duck for the Owls.

The Sunderland striker marked the end of his month-long stint at Hillsborough with a goal on Saturday, as he grabbed the winner in a 1-0 victory at Leicester City after coming off the bench.

Wickham (pictured below) has made four starts for Wednesday during his time in the Championship after fulfilling Martin O’Neill’s brief of getting a taste of first-team football under his belt.

Sunderland boss O’Neill will hold talks with Wednesday counter-part Dave Jones this week over the latter’s hopes of extending Wickham’s loan spell.

“That was the last game of his loan, but we hope to keep him and will talk to Sunderland,” Jones has reiterated.

But with O’Neill forced to name five defenders on the bench for Sunderland’s defeat at basement boys QPR on Saturday, Wickham is likely to be back on Wearside for Sunday’s crunch clash with Norwich City.

Wickham will wait on a decision over his future, but says he has enjoyed his time with the Owls after his longest run of starts since leaving Ipswich Town almost two years ago.

“I’m really enjoying myself, but it’s down to the clubs now and what will be will be,” said Wickham.

“I’m playing games here and really enjoying myself and the gaffer has a lot of faith in me.

“I’ve played a lot of football since I’ve been here and I’m thankful for that.

“A decision will be made but I am happy to be here.”

Wickham’s goal, driving home a cross from defender Lewis Buxton, was just his second of the season, after netting in Sunderland’s FA Cup third round draw at Bolton back in January.

The 19-year-old added: “I haven’t scored in a while, so I didn’t know what to do after I did! But, as soon as the ball came down, I knew I was going to take it first time.

“I just aimed to get it on target and I don’t think there was much the keeper could do.

“He nearly stopped it, but there was just a bit too much power on it.

“Thankfully it went in and I scored my first goal for the club and I’m grateful it turned out to be the winning one.”

Victory was a massive boost to the Owls in their bid to avoid the drop in the Championship.

Boss Jones added: “The centre-halves were magnificent, throwing their bodies on the line, but they all were.

“It shows you how far we have come as a football club because when we played them in November they were far the better team and we had some catching up to do.

“We didn’t switch off at all.”