Phillips: Sunderland have already found 'cracking' Wyke replacement

Kevin Phillips has tipped Ross Stewart to shine next season if Charlie Wyke leaves Sunderland in the summer transfer window.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the Stadium of Light legend heaped praise on the 24-year-old after his impressive display against Plymouth on Saturday.

Stewart scored his second goal for the Black Cats in a 3-1 win on the south coast.

The January signing from Ross County has been used predominantly as a substitute this year with star striker Charlie Wyke leading the line.

However, Wyke could be on the move this summer with Cardiff City, Middlesbrough, Millwall and Nottingham Forest all interested in the striker who has scored 29 goals in 50 appearances this term.

When asked if Stewart could fill the void potentially left by Wyke next season, Phillips told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs:

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“Yes. Hopefully we will see the best of him between now and the end of the season but if not definitely next season.

“It was a cracking goal. A great finish. Stewart showed with that deft finish the other day that he can find the back of the net.

“At the end of the day, if Charlie Wyke left Sunderland need someone to step up and fill the void. If Sunderland weren’t to go up, Wyke will more than likely move on and in Stewart they have a ready-made replacement.

“When I see that finish the other night, there is no reason why he cannot step up next season.” 

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