Wickham set for Black Cats bow
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has indicated that Connor Wickham could make his first start for the club on Saturday.
Last Updated: 20/10/11 5:32pm
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has indicated that 18-year-old striker Connor Wickham could make his first start for the club on Saturday.
The summer signing from Ipswich has been limited to substitute appearances for the Black Cats this season and is yet to score for the strugglers.
Sebastian Larsson is the leading scorer with three goals, but none of the strikers have registered more than one goal this season.
Wickham scored nine times in the Championship for the Tractor Boys last season, including a hat-trick away to Doncaster.
Sunderland go to Bolton this Saturday with both teams level on six points and sitting either side of the relegation zone.
Bruce has concerns over Stephane Sessegnon, who led the line in the 2-1 defeat against Arsenal last Sunday but is also yet to score.
It could be time
Bruce told the Sunderland Echo: "Sessegnon created three massive chances against Arsenal, but I just wonder whether he can get us the goals we need at the moment.
"I know he'll create from the flanks so it's in my thoughts to put someone else up front alongside Bendtner. It could be time for Connor.
"We've got to go to try to take the game to Bolton.
"They played 4-4-2 against Wigan last Saturday and we'll do the same and go and see if we can win the game.
"There was a reason I didn't play Ji (Dong-Won) or Connor against Arsenal. I thought with Ji coming back from Korea with all the travelling he'd done, it would have been unfair on him.
"Connor hadn't trained for 10 days before taking part on the Thursday and Friday.
"I went with Sessegnon because I thought (Per) Mertesacker would struggle against him and he did."