Sunderland striker Charlie Wyke has scored just seven goals in 40 matches for the Black Cats so far.

Phil Parkinson tried to hijack Sunderland’s move for Charlie Wyke when he was in charge at Bolton Wanderers, according to Telegraph and Argus, and the hope is that the 51-year-old boss could be the manager to get the best out of the target man at the Stadium of Light.

The Daily Mail report that Parkinson is set to become Sunderland’s next manager following the departure of Jack Ross.

Parkinson inherits a Sunderland squad which has been underperforming in League One, with the Black Cats currently sat in ninth place.

Many of Sunderland’s more senior players have played within themselves this term, but Wyke’s struggles are causing great frustration.

Wyke was a proven goalscorer at League One level when with Bradford City, but he has hit just seven goals in 40 appearances for Sunderland to date.

The powerful forward hasn’t offered Sunderland the goal threat expected, but Parkinson will be hoping to get Wyke back to his best.

Parkinson is a big fan of Wyke, and previously tried to bring him to Bolton.

He may well be glad that transfer didn’t happen now, as he looks to get Sunderland promoted from the third tier.

If Parkinson can get Wyke back on top form, then the rangy striker could prove to be a huge threat for the Black Cats.

And that could be crucial, as Sunderland look to find a potent scorer to fire them out of the division.

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