Millwall look set for another top-half finish this term, which is by no means poor but is a step backward after finishing just two points outside the top six in 2019/20.
Scoring goals has been their Achilles heel this term and a key factor in why despite losing fewer games than any side outside the top four this season, they’re 12 points back from the play-offs as things stand.
Gary Rowett’s side have time and time again lacked the goals to secure all three points, drawing a mammoth 16 games this term – by far the most in the Championship – while with just 35 goals in 36 games, they’ve been outscored by all other sides in the top half of the table and scored 7.7 fewer than their xG (Wyscout).
Their lack of a consistent number nine looks to be the root of the problem, with summer loan moves for Troy Parrott and Kenneth Zohore not solving the issue, though in the upcoming window they may have an opportunity to find the answer.
Charlie Wyke has been in ferocious form for Sunderland this term as he’s helped the Black Cats mount a late promotion charge and win the EFL Trophy under Lee Johnson.
The powerful forward has scored 25 goals and added four assists for the Black Cats already, with his physicality, movement and finishing causing near-constant issues for opposition defences over the past few months.
The 6ft2 striker is comfortable playing as a target man and would fit Millwall’s direct style of play, while his hard running would surely make him a popular figure among fans at The Den.
At 28, Wyke is yet to ply his trade in the Championship which clearly comes with its risks but with his contract set to expire at the end of the season, this is a deal that shouldn’t break the bank.
If Sunderland fail to secure promotion then you feel the prospect of playing in the English second tier would be enough to convince the in-form marksman to make the switch to south London while you would not rule out a move even if they do.
Wyke’s situation is one that Millwall should be monitoring because if they can capitalise on his contract uncertainty at the Stadium of Light, it may just solve a long-standing issue.