The 28-year-old has scored 21 goals in 31 League One appearances for Sunderland as the black Cats look to win promotion back to the Championship.

With the striker’s contract out in the summer, many Championship clubs are said to be interested in signing the ex-Bradford City man.

Wyke’s hometown club, Middlesbrough are one of the clubs reportedly interested in the signature of Sunderland’s number nine. 

Goals have come regularly for Charlie Wyke this season as he’s currently the joint top scorer in League One, and if Sunderland don’t go up and Boro come knocking, then it looks likely that Wyke could become a Middlesbrough player next season.

Getty Images WIMBLEDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 16: Charlie Wyke of Sunderland celebrates scoring the 3rd goal during the Sky Bet League One match between AFC Wimbledon and Sunderland at Plough Lane on January 16, 2021 in Wimbledon, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Charlie Wyke came through the academy at Middlesbrough. He joined when he was five and ended up leaving for Carlisle at the age of 23.

Boro sent Wyke out on loan to Kettering, AFC Wimbledon and Hartlepool and eventually Carlisle signed him permanently, after he impressed in League Two with Hartlepool.

Charlie Wyke continued to score goals for Carlisle United and, after two years at the Cumbrians, Bradford City signed him for a fee believed to be around £250,000, as they pushed for promotion to the Championship.

The Bantams were fifth in League One when they signed Wyke on deadline day. It was obvious straight away that he was a talented striker as his goals helped City reach the League One playoff final.

Unfortunately, the final ended in Wembley heartbreak for Bradford as they lost 1-0 to Millwall, but Wyke stayed for another season to try and win promotion to the Championship.

Wyke continued to show what he could do in League One as he racked up 15 goals and eight assists, including his first career hat-trick in a 3-1 win at home to Bristol Rovers.

Bradford City finished 11th in League One as their promotion bid fell apart due to poor ownership of the club.

Getty Images LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 20: Charlie Wyke of Bradford City takes on Byron Webster of Millwall during the Sky Bet League One Playoff Final between Bradford City and Millwall at Wembley Stadium on May 20, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

During the summer of 2018, Charlie Wyke was sold to Sunderland for around £1,000,000 (including add ons).

The Black Cats were looking to bounce straight back to the Championship after suffering back-to-back relegations, leaving them in League One.

Sunderland were beaten in dramatic fashion by Charlton in the 2019 League One playoff final which meant further Wembley heartache for Charlie Wyke. The striker only recorded four goals in 24 appearance’s for Sunderland that season.

The next season wasn’t much better for Wyke as he scored five league goals in 27 games, and the Sunderland faithful were struggling to see why they signed him.

However, this season, the striker has proved to be one of Sunderland’s most valuable players with 21 League One goals so far this season.

His goals could prove to be influential if the Black Cats reach the Championship this season, but whatever happens, it’s fair to say Charlie Wyke has earned himself a new contract at Sunderland. 

The departure of Charlie Wyke is down to whether Sunderland can get promotion to the Championship.

The 28-year-old is reaching the peak of his career and the opportunity to play at a higher level may never come again.

Playing for his hometown club, Middlesbrough, could push him on to do even better.

Unless Boro manage to get promoted to the Premier League this season, the club will be looking to get back into the top division next season, and Charlie Wyke could be the man to help them do that.

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