John Egan Leaves On Loan, Wickham Next Out?

Kiyoshi Ota

John Egan is reported to be leaving on loan to sign with Bradford City this coming week, and it looks like Connor Wickham could be set to follow him out the door very soon.

Bradford City have confirmed the signing of young Sunderland and Republic Of Ireland Under-21 defender John Egan on a months loan.

It seems to be a step down for Egan having spent time at Crystal Palace and Sheffield United last season, but it should ensure he gets games which is crucial for his development at the moment as he looks to make a push towards the first team picture.

Egan's recently become a regular for the Republic Of Ireland, and has long been a regular for the (former) Reserves and (now) Development sides.

Meanwhile it looks as though Connor Wickham might be the next out the door. Martin O'Neill spoke with the Northern Echo about the young striker's recent goalscoring form for the Developement side, and how it's about time he got games;

In recent weeks, Connor has done very well indeed. He's done well in training and I think he's very keen to do well in the team now. But of course there are a couple of centre-forwards barring his way at the minute.

Maybe now, and I'm not just talking about Connor here, there are a couple of players I think need some games. One of the most important issues is that if you're going to be coming into a game in the Premier League, you need to be as fit as you possibly can be.

Part of the problem here is that Wickham, if he needs to get fitness and games, could well be doing it here. Fraizer Campbell adds almost nothing when coming off the bench and there's a very good argument to be made that Wickham might offer us much more.

The others spoken about who might leave on loan include Ji Dong-Won and Matt Kilgallon. For my money though, Wickham should be much closer to the first team than he currently is.

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