Northampton Town boss Keith Curle believes that Sunderland striker Charlie Wyke would score goals in the Premier League right now, despite his current barren run.
Curle managed Wyke at Carlisle prior to his move to Bradford City and he’s clearly still a huge fan of the £1m man. The 26-year-old has struggled for fitness and form at the Stadium of Light this season, with Will Grigg taking over as the main striker for the Black Cats.
Curle, whose Northampton side are currently 16th in League Two, believes that Wyke could play in all four divisions with equal impact.
“Whichever level I went to, if I had the opportunity, I would sign Charlie Wyke,” admitted Curle, speaking to the Sunderland Echo. “That’s League One, Championship, Premier League – the kid will score goals.”
“If you go and play him in the Premier League now, Charlie Wyke will go and score goals. People will go and watch him and they will say that there will be things where he won’t tick a box to be a Premier League striker, but the kid is always a goal threat.”
Wyke has bagged just once in League One this season, that coming on his debut against Oxford United. His last goal came on January 8th in the EFL Trophy against Newcastle’s Under 21 side.
This is a little unbelievable I’m afraid. I like Wyke, he’s a great player in League One and League Two, but the Premier League? Come on. He’s got two goals this season and whilst he’s had injury concerns, he’s missed a hatful of chances.
I dare say the Charlie Wyke currently in Sunderland colours is not the same player Curle saw flourishing at Brunton Park.