Sunderland boss Di Canio says Wickham in his long-term plans
Di Canio knows he needs more strength in the attacking third and addressing that problem will be among his priorities in the close season.
He says they need five strikers in his squad and added: "Not three or four, five - one of which should be a young one like Wickham.
"This club only had Fletcher until January and Sessegnon, who is a second striker.
"What happens if Fletcher gets a cold?
"Danny Graham arrived in January and now he is back in the team, but you cannot afford to be short on strikers.
"Wherever you are in the league you need to score goals."