Sheffield Wednesday boss Garry Monk refused to rule out a move for a Premier League winger earlier this week.
According to Football Insider, the Owls are one club of the two Championship teams battling New York Red Bulls to clinch Southampton’s Josh Sims on loan this month.
When asked about his interest, the 40-year-old said: “He would be one of the names that came up in our recruitment meetings but there is nothing concrete I can really tell you. I would like there to be something to tell you but there isn’t.”
It remains to be seen if the south Yorkshiremen will make a move for the 22-year-old, but it’s clear that Monk would like to make him an addition at Hillsborough.
Sims has only just returned from a loan spell in the MLS, and it appears as if he still cannot break into the Saints’ first-team setup, so would a loan move to Wednesday be worth it? Is it a deal that Monk should pursue?
Here’s are the thoughts of Football FanCast’s finest…
“Whilst Josh Sims has hardly set the world alight in his fledgling career, this may be a risk worth taking for Sheffield Wednesday. At 22, he has plenty of scope to improve and develop under the guidance of Garry Monk, and perhaps most importantly, would add some vital depth to the wide areas. Capable of playing on either flank and even in an attacking midfield role, Sims’ versatility would allow Monk to chop and change with his team selections when necessary. The Championship campaign is long and arduous, and having players who can fill different roles makes Sims a manager’s dream. Whilst his overall goal record may be poor with just 12 to his name, he does have six goals and six assists from 29 games on the left-wing. A move for the 22-year-old would be an exciting gamble for Monk.”
“Josh Sims has shown rare glimpses of what he is capable of such as the assist less than 60 seconds into his Southampton debut and his brilliant run to set up Shane Long to score against Liverpool to take the south coast outfit to Wembley, but never anything more.
“The 22-year-old is at an age now where he can no longer use the excuse of being a youngster for not showing that consistency, and there must be a reason the likes of Claude Puel, Mauricio Pellegrino, Mark Hughes and now Ralph Hasenhuttl have barely used him in their matchday squads over the course of the previous three-and-a-half years – especially when the club has largely been performing badly on the pitch.
“One goal and one assist during a loan spell with the New York Red Bulls in 2019 hardly caught the eye, but perhaps a loan move to a club like Sheffield Wednesday could be just what he needs.
“The winger may have to see it as one of his final chances to prove he has a future at St Mary’s, and that would only benefit the Owls. In addition, he picked up three assists in 18 appearances during a spell at Reading at this level previously, which suggested he can make a difference.
“If he can be direct and use his pace like he did on that brilliant night at Anfield, the lightning-quick wide man would be a threat in the Championship. Garry Monk has nothing to lose with this deal.”
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“If Wednesday aren’t careful, this could have the makings of another Jacob Murphy. The winger is renowned for a lack of end product, scoring just twice this season and with him in the side, they seem to struggle. Loan moves may be low-risk but landing Josh Sims wouldn’t be a huge upgrade.
“He’d give them another option, but like Murphy, he struggles for regular goals and assists. At New York Red Bulls, he contributed to just two strikes while a spell at Reading last term garnered only two assists in the Championship. If the Owls want to achieve promotion they’d be better off searching elsewhere and bringing in someone who’s proven in the division. Sims is not their man and would do little to help them reach the playoffs this season.
“His 0.5 key passes throughout his career is indicative of someone who lacks flair and a cutting edge. Monk would be foolish to go ahead with this deal.”
“I don’t think there can be any harm in adding a player in a wide area this month and with it being a loan deal, there’s minimal risk in it. Josh Sims has experience in plenty of divisions, including the Premier League and the Championship. Jacob Murphy has failed to live up to the standards expected of him whilst Kadeem Harris and Adam Reach have been hit and miss recently. 12 goals and 20 assists from 120 matches isn’t the greatest return, but a fruitful spell somewhere like Hillsborough could be exactly what he needs.”
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