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EPL: Sunderland’s Connor Wickham Quickly Becoming One of the Most Exciting Young English Players

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When you look around the youth of the English Premier League, English players seem to be some of the most successful. Players like Kyle Walker for Tottenham, Daniel Sturridge for Liverpool, Ross Barkely for Everton, Luke Shaw for Southampton, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for Arsenal have seen a lot of success throughout the 2013 – 14 season and have highlighted the bright future for the England National Team.

However, as the title race heats up between Chelsea, Liverpool, and Manchester City, the relegation battle has become just as interesting – and a highly underrated young English player is the reason why.

With just two games remaining, Sunderland, who were bottom of the table at the break, are now outside of the relegation zone and look to be on their way to a legendary escape to remain in the Premier League for another season. This potential escape has largely been in part to the success of Connor Wickham.

Wickham has scored five goals in the last three games for Sunderland that include two in the draw against Manchester City, one in the win over Chelsea, and now two in a crucial 4 – 0 victory over fellow relegation-threatened Cardiff City. His mature finishing, coupled with his strength in the box has also helped fellow Sunderland striker Fabio Borini, who is on loan from Liverpool, to be able to get into scoring positions.

Wickham is a threat in the air and from open play, who looks like he’s only going to continue to improve. After a career spent bouncing around the English Championship, he may have finally found a home in the EPL – as the savior of Sunderland AFC.

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Taylor Sturm is a Columnist for StoppageTimeSoccer.net. Follow him on Twitter @TSturmRS, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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