Confidence and momentum are absolutely integral to the success of centre-forwards at any level of the game.
Charlie Wyke’s dismal run of form in recent weeks is a typical example of how the life of a striker can be unforgiving and confidence-sapping.
The 26-year-old forward has scored just one goal for Sunderland this season, and his struggle to find the net continued on Saturday against Bristol Rovers.
Wyke was brought on as a second-half substitute and he had chances to add to his tally for the season, but he let three big chances go begging.
Jack Ross, though, did not seem overly concerned by his failure to find the net and he praised the goal-shy striker for his intelligent positioning, as per Sunderland Echo.
“I was really pleased with him when he came on.
“I know people will say that’s easy [to say] because we won the game.
“But I was. His all-round performance when he came on, he got himself into three really good positions, his movement was good.
“He’ll score and I’m desperate for him to score.”
As Ross has alluded to, the fact the Black Cats recorded a 2-0 victory made it easier for him to take such a patient stance with Wyke, but the striker’s ability to manufacture opportunities during a rough patch is a sign of promise for the future.
Ultimately, the run Wyke is on is bound to frustrate Sunderland supporters, but a single goal could be all that he needs to stimulate a major turnaround.
While the former Carlisle hitman continues to find himself in the right positions, both Ross and the supporters should keep believing that he will eventually rediscover his clinical instinct.