This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Celtic have joined the race to sign Sunderland striker Charlie Wyke, according to former defender Mark Wilson.
The 28-year-old has enjoyed a wonderful season for the Black Cats after finding the net on 30 occasions already this term.
With Wyke’s contract due to expire this summer it means that a number of clubs have expressed an interest in signing the player, with the Scottish giants now thought to be among the contenders to sign him.
So would Charlie Wyke be a good signing for Celtic?
The team at FLW have their say…
Odsonne Edouard is almost certainly departing Celtic this summer and they could do with someone of a similar quality to him to fire them back ahead of Rangers – and I don’t think Wyke is that person.
Celtic and Rangers both always seem to be linked with a lot of Football League players and obviously with the amount of goals that Wyke has scored this season the links were going to come eventually.
I’d be concerned though that this season for Wyke is a big anomaly – he hadn’t done much in the previous two campaigns and even though this season has been an impressive one, he still has his limitations.
By finishing second in the league, Celtic will be needing to get through quite a few qualifying rounds of the Champions League to get to the group stages – Wyke being Edouard’s replacement won’t get them there.
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I’m not convinced by this one if I’m honest.
Celtic need a squad overhaul and Charlie Wyke has been in good form this season but I don’t think he’s good enough to fire them back to the SPFL title in all honesty.
He could be a useful player to have in the squad as a physical option when needed but beyond that I’m not convinced that this is the sort of player the Scottish club should be targeting.
Given he’s out of contract in the summer, it would be a cheap deal but even, so I don’t think it should be high on their list of priorities.
It would be a fantastic move for Wyke due to the stature of the club but I’m not sure how much game time he would get.
I think this could be a rather smart signing for Celtic if they get it done.
The 2020/21 season has been a hugely disappointing one by their standards, and that is something they need to rectify quickly if they are to keep up with Rangers in the years to come.
It does seem as though a move for Wyke could help them to do that, with the Sunderland man having enjoyed something of a breakthrough year that could make him a huge asset for Celtic if he is able to maintain that momentum with a move north of the border.
Indeed, with his contract expiring at the Stadium of Light expiring this summer as well, Wyke also ought to be affordable for Celtic even in this challenging financial climate, meaning this surely has to be worth looking into for them, as they enter into a crucial summer transfer window with regards to the club’s future.