Because the old cliché goes, not many footballers will ever get the chance to play at Wembley of their career. That’s not the case for Sunderland striker Charlie Wyke, who might be hoping it’s fourth time fortunate this afternoon…
Each child grows up desirous to play on the most important of stages.
Manchester City and England winger, Raheem Sterling, has a tattoo of his youthful self gazing up on the well-known Wembley arch, a supply of inspiration and reminder that in case you work hard, something is feasible.
Charlie Wyke would have undoubtably have had the identical dream rising up on the streets of Middlesbrough, pretending he was there, scoring the winner someplace on the pavements of a Teesside postcode.
As time has inevitably moved on for the striker, although, his dream has virtually changed into a nightmare, along with his three earlier journeys to the capital ending with three runners-up medals.
After two Play-Off Final defeats with Bradford City and Sunderland respectively, as well as one on this competition two years in the past, it’s in all probability comprehensible why the 28-year-old – not like most players – isn’t too eager on coming back.
“It has been a troublesome one for me,” says Wyke. “It hasn’t been very good, being right here three occasions and coming out on the wrong side of the scoreline. It has been horrendous, really, and a spot that I haven’t loved coming to over the years.
“If followers had been allowed within the stadium, I don’t assume I might have needed my household to come, to be sincere with you. So, it will be a pleasant change to play right here and win, as a result of no one needs to be dropping 4 occasions on this form of stage.”
Now, he will get his chance to change the course of history, and there could also be no higher time than this to put his Wembley demons to relaxation. Within the type of his life and closing in on his best goal-scoring season but, Wyke’s 5 goals on this competition have undoubtably helped Sunderland attain this year’s Final.
His most up-to-date effort noticed him pull level with Fleetwood City’s Harvey Saunders within the race for the Papa John’s Trophy Golden Boot, however his strike against Lincoln City within the Semi-Final on the Stadium of Mild was his most necessary up to now.
McGeady cross, Wyke header, you understand the drill.
“I’ve made certain I’ve taken the probabilities which have come to me, and I didn’t really know that I used to be the top scorer on this competition, which is pleasant,” the forward provides.
“I in all probability haven’t played as a lot on this competition as I might have preferred; while you’re scoring goals, you need to play each recreation.
“After the primary 20 minutes [against Lincoln], we really took the sport to them and bought the form proper, which in all probability took us a bit longer than we’d have preferred. However, general, I assumed we had been the higher team on the night time.
“Later on within the recreation, you understand when McGeady will get the ball he’s going to do one thing magical, so that you just need to get on the end of these crosses.”
Sadly, the ever-faithful and loyal supporters of each teams might be unable to return to Wembley this weekend, however with the announcement from Authorities in latest weeks, it looks like there’s a gentle on the end of the tunnel.
A massive 85,021 supporters from Sunderland and Portsmouth travelled to the capital in 2019, a file attendance for this competition, and one which each Golf equipment would have preferred to have crushed this coming Sunday.
“I’m gutted that the followers can’t be right here,” he says. “The Sunderland followers would promote the stadium out and Tranmere are usually not a small membership themselves.
“You’ve witnessed the scenes in Trafalgar Sq. with the followers earlier than the last two appearances at Wembley, so we all know how a lot these form of video games imply to them.
“You understand that the stadium would have been full of noisy supporters from each side; it’s a disgrace that they will’t be right here, however we all know that they are going to be watching on and hoping that we are able to elevate that trophy.”
A vivid future lies forward on and off the field for the North East outfit, with Kyril Louis-Dreyfus taking the reins from earlier proprietor Stewart Donald and the Black Cats stalking these above them in Sky Bet League One.
There’s hope that this may very well be the season that defines a new period on the Stadium of Mild, one thing Wyke echoes.
“The principle intention is to get promoted; I believe if we do win at Wembley and see off Tranmere will probably be a massive enhance going into the last few video games.
“The considered dropping is rarely going to enter our minds going into this recreation, and winning will give us that further enhance that we’d must get us over the road, there isn’t any doubt about that.
“We’ve got a new proprietor and he needs to take the membership forward, which is at all times a very good factor. He’s been to the last few video games and there have been some good outcomes.
“He have to be delighted with how issues have began for him since he has joined the membership. It’s an thrilling time forward for Sunderland.”