Kevin Phillips has tipped Sunderland to sell Charlie Wyke and replace him with a proven goalscorer this summer.
Phillips is no stranger to scoring goals for Sunderland after finding the net 134 times for the Black Cats, but that’s something Wyke has struggled to do so since arriving at the Stadium of Light.
The 27-year-old joined Sunderland from Bradford City last season, on the back of scoring 23 goals in 62 games for the Bantams.
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Wyke, who scored five goals in his first season on Wearside, has struggled to set the world alight since joining the Black Cats, and finished this season with only six goals to his name.
Sunderland’s season ultimately culminated in disappointment once again, as Phil Parkinson’s side missed out on a play-off finish, and the manager will be keen to strengthen his squad this summer.
Speaking to Football Insider, Phillips has backed Sunderland to bring in a proven goalscorer and part ways with Wyke this summer.
He said: “It would not be bad business if they sold Wyke and used it to sign another striker.
“Charlie has done well in spells this season but they need an out and out goalscorer and he is not that. He gives them a different option.
“If there was a chance to free some money up and bring in a different type of striker, I would do that. Going into a fresh season it is an area that Sunderland need to look at.”
Sunderland scored only 48 goals in League One before the season was curtailed, and Parkinson will undoubtedly look to add more goal threat to his side ahead of 2020/21.
Wyke has been far too hit and miss since joining Sunderland.
He was excellent for Bradford City and was easily one of the best strikers in League One at the time, but things just haven’t worked out for him since his move to Sunderland.
A fresh start could be what he needs this summer, as he has lost his goalscoring touch for Sunderland.