Poyet impressed with Sunderland's Connor Wickham

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has praised the improvements that Connor Wickham has made in recent games.

Gus Poyet says that he saw how far Sunderland striker Connor Wickham had progressed at the weekend when he set up Steven Fletcher's second goal.

Wickham went on a dazzling run into the box before cutting the ball back, when a more selfish player may have shot, to his strike partner to tap in and Poyet was impressed by the striker's clever thinking. 

It was a goal which helped the side on their way to their first win of the season, against Stoke City, and Poyet  says it was a showing of how much Wickham has developed in recent times. 

“Look at the last goal with Connor because you do not see many players with the power and ability to go past so many people and pull it back at that time in the game," he said to the club's official site. 

“Maybe two years ago Connor would try and shoot from there but today he had the strength and the quality to pull it back, which is something everybody can see is improving."

Wickham's potential was scouted some time ago when he was representing Ipswich Town, but it has taken him a while to hit top form at the Stadium of Light.

However, he is gradually starting to flourish and, after being made the main-attacking man by Poyet this year, there is hope he will fulfil his early promise. 

Wickham was utilised in a wider role for Sunderland at the weekend, but he has still managed to impress, linking up well with Steven Fletcher.

Poyet now feels the two will form a potent combination and hopes that their goals will fire the team up the table in the future. 

“He is enjoying playing on the left as well which is something that gives us great options and competition, because if the two keep working like that upfront we will have to adapt the team to them," he said.

Sunderland's next game is against Southampton after the international break and they will be hoping that their strike-pairing continue to impress. 

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