Wickham is warned by O'Neill

Martin O'Neill has told Connor Wickham that he must get his head down and earn a regular role at Sunderland.

Last Updated: 30/03/13 at 12:03 Post Comment

Connor Wickham: Yet to convince Martin O'Neill he deserves a regular role

Connor Wickham: Yet to convince Martin O'Neill he deserves a regular role

The England U21 international was recently allowed to link up with Sheffield Wednesday on a short-term loan, as he expressed a desire to get important minutes under his belt.

He feels opportunities have been denied him at the Stadium of Light, with Sunderland having struggled for goals at times this season.

O'Neill is, however, yet to be convinced that Wickham is the right man for the job and is expected to name him on the bench for Saturday's Premier League clash with Manchester United.

The Black Cats boss said: "Connor didn't start the last game for Sheffield Wednesday, who are fighting against relegation in the Championship.

"I'm not sure that any player at this club could ever say they have not had a proper chance.

"What you have to do is produce. Talk to any player in the dressing room, they wouldn't say they have not had a chance. They have to go and do it.

"There's not any player here who can say that have not had a chance. That old cliché about stepping up to the plate has never been more relevant.

"I saw him (Wickham) playing for Wednesday twice - he did much better in the second game, at Watford. The games will have helped him out on loan and I hope he is raring to go and he has got a bit of confidence from those."

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

hy don't you call in Becks as well...and we will all have a lovely tea party!

kimosabi
United: Scholes helping out

M

ourinho is just a good-looking version of Allardyce (Fit Sam?). Clearly 19th century football isn't such a big deal after all?

Ezy_Rider
Chelsea Killed The Game Instead Of Playing It

S

tay put, Pep. Timothy Sherwood has this under control.

slowgraffiti
Guardiola plans Bayern stay

Footer 365

Premier League: Paul Lambert plays down uncertainty over future at Aston Villa

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert insists he "fully intends" to remain in charge of the Premier League club next season.

Premier League: Ramires banned for four matches after accepting FA charge

Chelsea midfielder Ramires will serve a four-match suspension after a charge of violent conduct went uncontested.

No contact from Manchester United says Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp says he has not been approached by Manchester United to fill the managerial vacancy at Old Trafford.

Mail Box

Guardiola Is No Better Than Moyes...

At least he wasn't in Bayern's defeat to Real Madrid, says one chap in the mailbox. Plus, more excitement over Van Gaal at Man United and thoughts on FFP...

Man United Fans Excited By Van Gaal Talk

Man United fans know who they want to replace David Moyes, with Louis van Gaal the favourite to take over at Old Trafford. Plus, thoughts on Real Madrid v Bayern Munich...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property