Sunderland left their clash with Coventry City frustrated, coming out of it on the end of a 1-0 loss against the high-flyers.
It was an even game, in which the home side had one more shot but the Black Cats held 3.8% more possession, which will potentially add to the frustration felt after they were eventually edged out.
A lot of that negative attention has ended up being aimed towards their striker: Charlie Wyke.
— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) March 1, 2020
One fan has referred to the 27-year-old as “the worst striker in our history”, while another suggested that he “contributed nothing in that game’.
Wyke had four shots during the match, but only one of them went on target – in addition to making no dribbles or key passes. The Sunderland fans’ damning verdicts seem valid.
Since joining Sunderland, Wyke has 11 goals and six assists in 58 games across all competitions, indicating that he isn’t the most prolific player.
Wyke is the worst striker in our history stop playing him
— harry (@harrytdixon8) March 1, 2020
Wyke contributed nothing in that game!
He’s got lead in his legs & simply can’t run or jump!
We’ve got a lot better options sitting on the bench!
SAFC Played the better football & probably deserved something out of the game!
— Graeme (@gmangeegee) March 1, 2020
Wyke, in his last 50 league games has scored 9 and assisted 5 times. Not good enough for a side chasing promotion. Slows the play down so much. #SAFC
— Neil Graney (@neil_graney) March 1, 2020
This performance, as well as those in the past, has got plenty of Sunderland fans calling for Phil Parkinson to drop the striker, who played the full 90 minutes against Coventry.
Will Grigg has started just eight League One games this season, and the suggestion is that he should be given a chance to start over Wyke.
If Sunderland are to get promoted, they will need their key men to perform on a regular basis, and the feeling is that Wyke simply isn’t doing that.
PLAY WILL GRIGG, WYKE IS USELESS
— Sunderland Limbs (@LimbsSunderland) March 1, 2020
Never play Wyke again
— Brandon (@BFeeleyyy) March 1, 2020
Get grigg in get him a chance and get wyke benched bench gooch
— adsy (@adsy904) March 1, 2020
Drop Wyke. Cheers
— Hudson (@huds8118) March 1, 2020