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Sheffield Wednesday boss Garry Monk may soon have a pressing situation on his hands in a key area with January soon on the horizon.
Earlier this week, the Owls’ number two goalkeeper Cameron Dawson was linked with a move away from Hillsborough as a whole host of clubs are reportedly keen on clinching him, including Derby County and Scottish Premier League outfit Rangers – per The Star.
Meanwhile, third-choice shot-stopper Joe Wildsmith made his comeback from injury in training this week, which is merely a coincidence, but it does open up the argument to whether or not he can be the man to succeed his senior teammate.
Both goalkeepers have enjoyed stints in the first-team starting line up since progressing through the club’s academy ranks – Wildsmith took advantage of Keiren Westwood’s injury back in 2015 while Dawson was handed the privilege of being number one under Jos Luhukay until he was sacked.
Several supporters at the south Yorkshire club clearly do not want to see the 24-year-old leave the club, especially not to a Championship rival, as seen with their reactions here.
And they may well be onto something as the backup between the sticks has always proven himself when given the opportunity.
This season, Dawson has recorded four clean sheets in five appearances. Most recently, he kept one against Stoke City to help the Owls to a 1-0 victory, and then he was harshly dropped for the next match as Westwood returned from injury.
But either way, it appears that Wednesday have, or maybe had, their long-term future stocked up in a vital area.
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The 23-year-old, on the other hand, has never really looked like he could be Westwood’s successor – in 48 appearances, the young keeper has conceded 66 goals, which is 11 more than Dawson in only four more games.
Wildsmith’s last league game was back in April 2018 and he could only manage two Carabao Cup matches last term, so it’s clear to see that he hasn’t been in favour for quite some time in south Yorkshire.
Monk will surely try to tie down Dawson to a longer-term deal before it is too late, while a loan move may prove beneficial to Wildsmith if he is to have any chance of breaking into the first-team anytime soon.