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According to The Star, Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Cameron Dawson is attracting interest from a host of Championship clubs as well as Scottish Premier League side Rangers.
Owls boss Garry Monk may have to act quickly or else he will be staring down the barrel at a huge mistake.
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The report suggests that Derby County, Blackburn Rovers and Preston North End are all monitoring the 24-year-old’s situation ahead of a potential divisional switch.
Dawson’s contract runs out at the end of the season, so these clubs may be able to get him on a cut-rate deal in January or on a free transfer in the summer.
The boyhood Wednesday fan could be torn over a decision in the near future, but his hand may well be forced if he wants to progress his career as he is currently only number two behind Keiren Westwood.
He made his debut back in 2016 when coming on as a substitute against Brighton in the Championship and has since featured 44 times for the Owls, keeping 15 clean sheets, per Transfermarkt.
Former manager Jos Luhukay named him first-choice shot-stopper over Westwood last season before the Dutchman was sacked in December.
Monk may well be caught in two minds about this situation as it is only his backup goalkeeper after all.
However, when called upon, Dawson has more than stepped up to the mark, so much so that it was probably unfair to drop him on Westwood’s return to the side.
This season, the 6 foot 4 colossus has managed to keep four clean sheets in five appearances, three of which coming in the Championship.
It is reasonable to suggest that Dawson is good enough to be a first-choice in the English second-tier, and if Monk doesn’t give him the game time he needs at this stage of his career, then he will have to look elsewhere.
And that would be a significant error because their Irish number one isn’t getting any younger at 35.
Dawson is primed to be his replacement, so maybe it is time to start putting that plan in motion by offering him a new contract and some more time between the sticks.
The Owls can’t afford to risk not to.