Wickham comments on playing unusual role for Sunderland

Sunderland forward Connor Wickham has given his thoughts on playing a wider role for the club.

Sunderland forward Connor Wickham has told the Chronicle he wouldn’t have any problems if Gus Poyet asked him to play out of position down the flanks of the team.

Wickham has found himself struggling for game time in the last couple of weeks and he says he won’t hesitate to play in a position where he’s been inconsistent over the course of the season.

“The manager has asked me since the start of the season to play out wide and get up and down the pitch. I think at times I’ve done it well and at times I haven’t coped as well,” he said.

“I’m confident playing in that position and if he asked me to do it again in the coming weeks, I’d be happy to do it.”

Wickham is arguably more effective in a central position, but there is theory in Poyet nudging him out to a wider position.

Any side that has two forwards, where one drifts into a wider role, allows the midfield to narrow and that in turn will make the side more difficult to break down and get the better of through the middle.

The only way that Wickham will have the chance to work on and improve his consistency is by taking his next chance when it comes.

It may not please him to play in a wider role but the only way he can become a first choice striker at the club is to impress and earn that right to be moved inside.

Sunderland are by no means out of trouble near the bottom of the table as things stand and need everyone going all out for the rest of the campaign, regardless of where they are asked to play.

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