A number of obstacles stand in the way of Sheffield Wednesday achieving promotion, especially after Dejphon Chansiri’s antics.
However, there are also significant obstacles that could block them from bringing in Eddie Nketiah on loan in January.
Now that he’s returned to north London, it’s increasingly possible that he could join Wednesday, who are just one of the teams interested in taking him on a temporary stint until the end of the season.
The race won’t be straightforward, though, with Bristol City and Brentford sniffing around the young forward.
Garry Monk has numerous options at his disposal in a forward area but none aside from Steven Fletcher have truly hit the ground running this term, failing to score more than three.
The Scotsman had scored 12 goals prior to their New Years Day clash and since he’d been out with an illness, Monk’s men were defeated in successive games. If anything showed a need for added firepower, there was the proof.
Nketiah hasn’t scored since October but his impact off the bench for Leeds and indeed last season for Arsenal at senior and youth level indicates that he’s a natural-born finisher, a player with the predatory instinct to benefit most teams in the Championship.
He scored 11 times in 2018/19, before netting on five occasions in the opening months of the campaign for Leeds. Starting just once in the league, it’s been a less than productive spell in Yorkshire but his added finesse in front of goal could be incredibly beneficial for the Owls.
Not only that, but he’d suit Wednesday’s system perfectly.
Before their defeat against Cardiff, Monk had operated with a two-man attack in a 4-4-2 system six times in a row. Nketiah rarely got to play in that formation under Marcelo Bielsa but alongside the more powerful Fletcher, the duo could thrive.
The youngster likes to make runs in behind and with Fletcher’s ability to win aerial battles, a little and large combination could work well.
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Providing Wednesday don’t suffer from a points deduction for profit and sustainability charges, landing someone of Nketiah’s nature would not only benefit the squad as a whole, but it could also aid Fletcher’s game.
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