Sunderland have had a topsy turvy season and there is simply no way of predicting how it will end now that the suspension of the football season has changed things for every club.
One player who epitomises their tumultuous form is Charlie Wyke, as the striker has been consistently picked by Phil Parkinson and played a hand in the great turn around in form after Christmas, but he has also struggled in front of goal.
Some fans have agreed with that over the course of the season, but there have been voices of discontent too.
The reactions below came in response to the Black Cats’ 2-1 victory over Rochdale back in August, before things went downhill under Jack Ross.
For Wyke it was a clean slate after an injury-hit first season and the fact he got the winning goal meant he was a popular figure amongst the fanbase.
swear Charlie wyke is the biggest cult hero since nyron
— matthew 🔴⚪️🏏 (@matthewftm) August 21, 2019
Lovely initial flick from Wyke. Looks a different player.
— Chris Laws (@chrisdlaws) August 21, 2019
Injury hindered that a few weeks later and meant the striker missed five league games. By the time he came back the team was in dire straits but he managed to score in his first start since returning, and that gave cause for optimism.
Today was an improved Sunderland performance, no doubt about that but a point at home isn’t good enough. Charlie Wyke will be Phil Parkinson’s key player I said that when he was announced because he’s a target man. A mixed view on the result will they build on it now #SAFC
— Josh Bunting (@Buntingfootball) December 14, 2019
— Mavin (@MVN_98) December 15, 2019
Sunderland’s upturn in form happened after that point, but a lack of goals from the 27-year-old meant he was always vulnerable to criticism, and it did end up coming his way after he missed two good chances in a 1-0 defeat to play-off rivals.
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
PLAY WILL GRIGG, WYKE IS USELESS
— Sunderland Limbs (@LimbsSunderland) March 1, 2020
Wyke is the worst striker in our history stop playing him
— harry (@harrytdixon8) March 1, 2020
Soon after injury ruled him out of a match against Gillingham. His replacement Kyle Lafferty scored twice and that led some fans to call for the Northern Ireland international to start ahead of him from that point onwards.
Hopefully he comes out with 2 new legs and a new head
— Gary Eden (@GaryEden4) March 9, 2020
Still injured 🙏🏽 Lafferty our number 1 🔴⚪️❤️
— Rob (@HillWalker70) March 9, 2020
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