Crystal Palace striker Connor Wickham pleased to have left Sunderland

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Crystal Palace signed Connor Wickham from Sunderland during the summer transfer window.

Connor Wickham has told the Daily Star that he is a million times happier at Crystal Palace than he ever was at Sunderland.

Wickham left Sunderland to join Palace during the summer transfer window, and he is loving life at Selhurst Park.

The striker is enjoying having a chance to play as the leading man up-front, and he feels that the increase in service should help him increase his goal record.

"I got five goals to help them avoid the drop. That was a good period for me. I've always known I can score goals," Wickham said. 

"That was the only time I was given a chance to play as a striker there and prove I could do it.

"But the following season I went back to playing on the left and my confidence got knocked again.

"Now I have come to a club which has a manager who believes in me.

"I'm a million times happier at Palace than I was at Sunderland.

"I can play down the middle and I've got two wingers to run off me and two who will run in behind me."

Wickham has not quite established his position in Palace’s starting line-up yet, but there is an anticipation that he will become their main striking option at the season progress.

The 22-year-old forward’s progress at Palace has been halted by injury so far, but he is edging closer to full fitness now, and should have a key part to play for Alan Pardew’s side.

Palace have struggled to find a potent goalscorer so far this term, so if Wickham can start hitting the back of the net it will be a major boost.

Wickham’s next match for Palace could come against his former club Sunderland, with the two sides set to meet on Monday evening.

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