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View Midlands Eagle's Profile Midlands Eagle Flag 15 Sep 21 7.00am Send a Private Message to Midlands Eagle Add Midlands Eagle as a friend

Originally posted by tonymikejoe

He was bought by Alan Pardew, who felt his fresh tattoos, glamorous girlfriend and footballers haircut was an improvement on balding grim Northerner Glenn Murray.

I never saw what the big fuss was about regarding Bentley-driving Conor Wickham, who seemed to possess all the shallow cliches of the modern professional footballer.

Daftest post of the week highlighting all of your prejudices.

Apart from your stupid first paragraph all Premier League footballers drive expensive cars but Wickham drew attention by driving a mini

 

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View Pete53's Profile Pete53 Flag Hassocks 15 Sep 21 11.11am Send a Private Message to Pete53 Add Pete53 as a friend

Conor played a crucial role in the first 3 goals of this match.

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and 2 good goals here - shame about quality of the footage.

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We'll never know what his contribution might have been had he not had his horrible run of injuries, but there was a good player in him.

 

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View YT's Profile YT Flag Oxford 15 Sep 21 11.30am Send a Private Message to YT Add YT as a friend

Originally posted by tonymikejoe

You must have missed a couple of diving headers by Ian Wright and later Chris Armstrong.

Why must I have?

I said "one of the best" and "possibly" the best, neither of which diminishes the earlier efforts.

 


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View EddieMac's Profile EddieMac Flag 15 Sep 21 5.32pm Send a Private Message to EddieMac Add EddieMac as a friend

How anyone can find positives in Wickham’s Palace career is beyond me.

 

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View doombear's Profile doombear Flag Too far from Selhurst Park 15 Sep 21 6.12pm Send a Private Message to doombear Add doombear as a friend

Originally posted by EddieMac

How anyone can find positives in Wickham’s Palace career is beyond me.


I can,
He kept our physios busy!

 

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View Rudi Hedman's Profile Rudi Hedman Flag Caterham 15 Sep 21 6.17pm Send a Private Message to Rudi Hedman Add Rudi Hedman as a friend

Originally posted by croydon proud

Always remember him getting the tube back with the palace fans after the play off final win, nice touch.

If you mean Wickham then that was the FA Cup semi final. Maybe Wilbraham was on your tube.

 


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View tonymikejoe's Profile tonymikejoe Flag C.P. 16 Sep 21 11.59am Send a Private Message to tonymikejoe Add tonymikejoe as a friend

Who the hell is Billy Meyers?

Described as a Crystal Palace "expert" on a Preston North End website he delivers his critique on the career of the strangely celebrated Connor Wickham.

We spoke to Crystal Palace expert Billy Meyers about Wickham, sharing his views on the striker as North End plot a decision over a contract…

“Things were going quite well for Connor Wickham following his £7m move from Sunderland. He was extremely physical, held the ball up brilliantly, and looked a menace even when not scoring – I believe he assisted three goals in a 5-1 win over Newcastle in 2015,” said Meyers.

“However, that gruesome knee injury away to Swansea was the beginning of the end – he simply couldn’t stay fit after that.”

Wickham only managed eight goals in 41 league games for Palace, failing to really live up to his billing having been tabbed as a wonderkid at Ipswich Town.

The goals just didn’t flow for Wickham in South London, but one goal lives long in the memory of Palace fans like Billy.

“Undoubtedly, Wickham’s header against Watford in the 2016 FA Cup semi-final at Wembley is his greatest Crystal Palace moment. It ended up being the winner, and put us into our first FA Cup final since 1990. I would’ve said his goal in the final, but Mark Clattenburg doesn’t know what playing advantage means – not that I’m still bitter or anything!”

Most of the talk around Wickham is his injury record. Sadly, he has missed so many games and didn’t make a single senior appearance last season.

If Preston can get Wickham fit, what exactly would we be getting?

Billy praised Wickham’s ability as a physical target man, and even if his movement wasn’t always brilliant, he was able to bring players around him into play.

You can imagine Scott Sinclair, Daniel Johnson, Tom Barkhuizen or Emil Riis thriving around this kind of presence, working off the 28-year-old at he head of Preston’s attack.

“His ability to pin centre-backs was incredible,” Meyers told Deepdale Digest. “It enabled Alan Pardew to build an attack in which Yannick Bolasie and Wilfried Zaha played off Wickham, and it really did work a treat more often than not.”

“Aside from the injury issues, which I wouldn’t like to call a weakness, you could argue that his movement was quite poor. Wickham never seemed to run onto a through ball at any point, but was more adept at finishing from crosses.”

After six years at Selhurst Park, Wickham’s time with Palace came to a rather quiet end; no big reaction to his exit, neither good nor bad.

Palace aren’t exactly flush for goals themselves right now; they’ve drawn two blanks in two Premier League games and couldn’t find the net against Watford last night.

Patrick Vieira is likely to target a new striker before Tuesday’s transfer deadline, so was letting Wickham walk away for nothing the right call?

“It’s a sad decision, but an absolutely necessary one. Wickham’s injury problems were too severe to keep him on, and he wasn’t exactly earning peanuts either. Everyone at the club wanted him to come back and succeed, but whenever he looked close to a return, he’d suffer a setback in heartbreaking fashion,” Billy told us.

There will be concerns that, even if Wickham is fit, he may no longer be up to even Championship standard, never mind the Premier League.

Wickham hasn’t played senior football for more than a year now, and his loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday in 2020 reaped just two goals in 13 games.

Billy does though believe that Wickham can ‘do well’ in the Championship, praising his ‘natural ability’.

The caveat is that Preston need to keep Wickham fit, which has been the problem for many years, but Meyers believes there is still a player in there and could be a smart addition for free.

“If you can keep him fit, Wickham will do well in the Championship. There’s a lot of natural ability there.”

“For instance, he did actually manage to return successfully without suffering a setback for an FA Cup tie against Tottenham in January 2019, and scored inside the first ten minutes.”

“While his movement was poor, he did have a knack of being in the right place at the right time, and was a willing runner – see his first goal away to West Brom in February 2016, in which he chased down a loose ball and lobbed Ben Foster, as an example of that. If he stays fit, he will be a useful asset for Preston,” Meyers added.

 

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Originally posted by EddieMac

How anyone can find positives in Wickham’s Palace career is beyond me.

When he was fit he was good, goal every 2.55 compared to Benteke's 3.34

It wasn't his fault he was injured

 

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Mind you the either of them weren't good enough to lace these twos boots

Andy Johnson 1.54
Ian Wright 1.71

 

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View MrRobbo's Profile MrRobbo Flag Purley 16 Sep 21 12.20pm Send a Private Message to MrRobbo Add MrRobbo as a friend

No it wasn’t his fault he was always injured, but he was. And as a club we don’t have deep enough pockets to pay players not to be an active part of the squad.

It was the right move not give him penny more and release him, hopefully he can resurrect his career at PNE.

Will be interesting to see how many games he manages this season.

 

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Mind you Edouard beats everyone, goal every 3 mins

 

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View IMMER PALACE's Profile IMMER PALACE Flag BIELEFELD 16 Sep 21 12.45pm Send a Private Message to IMMER PALACE Add IMMER PALACE as a friend

Originally posted by tonymikejoe

He was bought by Alan Pardew, who felt his fresh tattoos, glamorous girlfriend and footballers haircut was an improvement on balding grim Northerner Glenn ...........

He was never even fit enough to lace Glenn Murray's boots.

A fine summary with the hallmarks of a professional writer, if I am not mistaken. I agree with your conclusion. Many of us knew before the big money deal what Wickham was about and that he was no GM. As you say, O'Neil certainly had a scathing opinion.

I do wish him well though.

 

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