The BBC was among many sources to confirm the news of Connor Wickham’s move from Sunderland to Crystal Palace, in a deal reported to be worth an initial £7 million.
Palace boss Alan Pardew has wasted no time drafting in some extra attacking cover for the new season, as he seeks extra options in attack, which will be useful over the course of a long and testing campaign.
Pardew also wasted no time throwing Wickham into his team as the player featured in a 1-0 win defeat against League Two side Dagenham and it will be interesting to see how the boss looks to use him throughout the season.
Pardew can look to utilise Wickham through the middle of the attack, using him as the focus point around which he builds the rest of the team.
He does have the experience of having played that role in Sunderland colours, but can also play a slightly wider role off to one side of the attack, dropping into an even wider position if his team are taking a great deal of pressure.
Pardew can also play on the mentality of the player to make him feel as though he’s got a real point to prove following his Sunderland move.
He’s always had the potential to play well and consistently at the very top level and this is a real chance for him to make an even greater name for himself at a side, looking to progress further from their league position last season.
Hopefully he can get off to a good start in the league and stay injury free, which will mean regular chances to hit the back of the net and justify Pardew’s faith.
Here’s what Palace fans made of Wickham’s move and initial performance for his new club via social media site Twitter.
I appear to be the only one who thinks Wickham will be a good signing. #wickham— Adam Joyce (@Adamjoyce88) August 3, 2015
actually looking forward to seeing Wickham at Selhurst..hope hes not just the playboy that he looked to be at time at Sunderland #cpfc— GiveMeSportMattRoche (@MatthewRocheMad) August 3, 2015
@cpfc_josh cabaye hasn't even scored so far and he scored loads for newcastle. Wickham cant even score against D&R!— Smith (@sgpsmith_) August 3, 2015