OâNeill admits that he threw the 18-year-old in at the deep end in the 2-1 win over Blackburn, but likes what he has seen so far.
He believes Wickham has the talent and physique to fulfil the role Heskey played for him at Villa.
OâNeill said: âWithout a doubt that would be nice. Connor has excellent natural ability.
âHe is not just a sizeable centre forward up there for the sake of it.
âOver time I think he could Âdevelop into something really good.â