Sheffield Wednesday are currently sitting in the playoff picture, some ten points off the automatic promotion places, but their season could depend on the following month after the Owls suffered a devastating blow to top goalscorer Steven Fletcher.
The 32-year-old is set to miss the next eight to ten weeks after picking up a severe knee injury during their historic FA Cup victory over Brighton and Hove Albion.
It has led to comments from Garry Monk this week suggesting that he would like to see a striker join before they host Blackburn Rovers in the Championship on Saturday afternoon.
The Owls boss said:
“Of course, I would like to bring someone in as soon as possible but it is not always as easy as that because it is not just you trying to get someone. There can be other factors like other clubs.
“But, of course, you want to try and get them in as early as possible so they can used to how we work and what you need from them and how they fit into the group.”
If Monk can clinch any of these – or even someone else – then it seems rather likely that a departure would soon ensue. The fact that he says he needs another striker speaks volumes as he has four other options in the role despite Fletcher’s injury.
One of Jordan Rhodes, Fernando Forestieri, Sam Winnall and Atdhe Nuhiu would surely be heading towards an exit.
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Choosing one of the above is the next task for the 40-year-old, he can’t keep them all happy.
The player most at risk would surely be Winnall as the others all offer something completely different to the side, such as Forestieri’s flair, Nuhiu’s battering-ram presence and Jordan Rhodes natural goalscoring ability.
Winnall was signed by Carlos Carvalhal back in January 2017, three years to the day earlier this week. His time at Hillsborough has been nothing short of poor, scoring just five goals in 40 appearances.
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That’s one goal every eight games and he’s been here for three years. It’s fair to suggest that he’s been a flop and his latest chance against Leeds United provided a similar outcome.
It may have been the last time that the former Barnsley man has put on the Owls shirt, should Monk get his wishes this week.
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