Ipswich Town have completed the signing of free agent Joe Pigott with Sunderland missing out on the former AFC Wimbledon striker, as reported by the East Anglian Daily Times.
Black Cats boss Lee Johnson was understandably thrilled to learn Luke O’Nien and Aiden McGeady would both stick around for another stab at promotion, a pair of fans’ favourites signing on the dotted line after agreeing contract extensions earlier this month.
But unless Sunderland can find someone capable of emulating Charlie Wyke’s impact in the final third, one of English football’s sleeping giants won’t be waking from their slumber any time soon.
Wyke became the first Sunderland player since the legendary Kevin Phillips two decades ago to hit 30 goals in a single season.
The Middlesbrough-born striker will be plying his trade at a direct League One rival next season, however, after Wigan Athletic surprisingly won the race for a man who had spent much of the summer being linked with Scottish giants Celtic.
Who will replace Charlie Wyke at Sunderland – it won’t be Joe Pigott?
Sunderland are no closer to replacing Wyke either.
A few weeks ago, The News reported Pigott, the late-blooming 27-year-old who hit the net an impressive 22 times for relegation-threatened AFC Wimbledon last season, had been identified as Wyke’s successor.
Sunderland were even willing to put “big wages” on the table for a man who would cost them nothing in transfer fees.
But, this afternoon, Pigott was unveiled by Ipswich Town instead.
“To get a lad of Joe’s quality across the line is an absolutely massive plus for everyone at the club,” said manager Paul Cook, via TWTD.
“Twenty goals last season speaks volumes for itself. The reality is if you don’t score goals, you won’t win football games.
“To get someone of Joe’s calibre in, with his goalscoring record, we’re all excited and looking forward to working with him.”
Pigott’s arrival is a major boost for a Tractor Boys side whose top scorer in 2020/21 – James Norwood – notched just ten goals.