Wickham not fazed by all the hype

MAN-of-the-moment, Connor Wickham, might be only 17 years old, but he is displaying a maturity beyond his tender years.

MAN-of-the-moment, Connor Wickham, might be only 17 years old, but he is displaying a maturity beyond his tender years.

Attacker Wickham, despite playing wide on the left rather than as a striker, celebrated the first hat-trick of his career in the 6-0 thrashing of Doncaster Rovers on Tuesday night.

And he will be in the hunt for more goals against Hull City at an expectant Portman Road tomorrow.

But Wickham is not a typical teenager, as Jewell revealed on the eve of the Tigers clash.


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“I get asked about Connor Wickham almost every day,” explained Jewell.

“I’ll say the same thing as I have done a million times before, and I’ll probably still be saying this when he is 28.

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“He has huge potential, and he handles all the attention quite well.

“He doesn’t have the air of a teenager. He’s very mature in that way. It doesn’t seem to bother him, though I think his tattoo is spelt wrong!” joked Jewell.

Jewell went on to list Wickham’s main attributes - and there are many of those - although he did suggest that he would like his young striker to be less laid-back.

“Connor’s got everything. He can run, he is quick and strong,” continued Jewell.

“But he needs to improve on a lot of areas, and he knows that himself.

“He’s playing in a position that is a bit foreign to him, with three up front and him wide left. But he tracks back well and it is another string to his bow.

“He’s a nice laid-back lad, and sometimes a bit too laid-back. I’d like him to be a bit more aggressive at times, but he’s learning all the time.”

Despite Wickham’s recent goal-flourish, it has been a squad effort to propel Town up into mid-table.

“It’s not just a team effort, it’s a squad effort. You’re only as strong as the players who are out of the team,” added Jewell.

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