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Connor Wickham was 2014's unlikely Sunderland hero, could he repeat the trick with January loan

Sunderland are fighting for promotion back to the Championship. It has been a good season for Jack Ross and his side so far. However, they are also discovering that League One will not be easy to escape from.

Sunderland will, therefore, want to do some business in January. One area they are looking to improve is up front, where another striker could be key to their success. TEAMtalk are now reporting that they are looking at former player Connor Wickham, along with Middlesbrough. The striker has recently returned from a serious knee injury and could be loaned out in January by Crystal Palace.

Sold to Palace for £7 million in 2015, Sunderland fans would no doubt like to see Wickham back. Because, when the chips are down, he has proven himself capable of providing for the Black Cats.

In the 2013-14 season, Sunderland were doing their annual fight against relegation from the Premier League.

In that fight, they found themselves an unlikely hero. Wickham, the often goal-shy young striker, found a rich vein of form toward the end of the campaign.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – APRIL 16: Connor Wickham of Sunderland celebrates scoring their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Sunderland at Etihad Stadium on April 16, 2014 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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He scored a double in a 2-2 draw with Manchester City and also found the net in Sunderland’s 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge. Two goals in a 4-0 triumph over Cardiff City cemented his place in folklore.

This came after being considered surplus to requirements and being loaned out to Leeds United earlier in the season.

Now, he could return to Wearside and fire Sunderland to the Championship. If he did that, then Wickham might go down as a cult legend at the Stadium of Light.

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