By Kevin Phillips

19th Feb, 2020 | 6:00pm

'Getting away with it' - Exclusive: Phillips warns Sunderland 27-yr-old over recent displays

Kevin Phillips has warned Sunderland striker Charlie Wyke that he is “getting away” with his recent poor form but insists it is not yet a concern.

The former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, insists a centre-forward always “has a spell” during the season in which they struggle in front of goal.

The 27-year-old has failed to score in his last four appearances and has only netted five times in 26 appearances for the Black Cats this term.

Wyke was signed by previous manager Jack Ross from Bradford City in 2018 for just over £600k.

Phillips backed the striker to end his barren run of form with a goal against Bristol Rovers this weekend at the Stadium of Light.

“You want your strikers scoring goals regularly,” the European Golden Shoe winner told Football Insider.

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“He has got Lafferty who can come in and work alongside him and with his experience, you would expect him to get goals before now and the end of the season.

“There is always going to be a spell at a club where your main striker is going to go three, four, five games without a goal. You have to hope one of your centre-halves gets one, a midfielder chips in with a couple.

“At the moment I am not worried because we are getting away with it but you do not want him to be having this conversation in four weeks’ time. At home to Bristol Rovers this weekend so you would like to think he has an opportunity to get a goal there.”

Phil Parkinson’s side are been helped by their defensive performances of late, keeping seven clean sheets in their last eight games.

The Wearside club currently sit fifth in the table but are only three points off top-of-the-table Rotherham.

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