Sheffield Wednesday’s season hangs in the balance despite passing their first test with flying colours.
The Owls will be without the services of their top goalscorer Steven Fletcher for the foreseeable future after a knee injury has ruled him out for the next eight to ten weeks.
His 12 goals this campaign will be a miss as no one else in the squad has bagged more than three, per WhoScored.
A striker is sure to be high on his priorities this month and speculation in the press to date certainly reflects that as the club have been mooted with moves for Arsenal teenager Eddie Nketiah and also Crystal Palace’s Connor Wickham.
However earlier this week, a new name has entered the frame and it’s a familiar one. Southampton’s Che Adams.
The Athletic’s Phil Hay claims Leeds face competition from their weekend victors should the Saints decide to let him go this month.
Monk’s men defeated their local rivals 2-0 at Elland Road to hint that they could cope without Fletcher, so should they push for a striker like Adams? The 40-year-old was in charge last season when the 23-year-old hit 22 goals for a struggling Birmingham City side.
Our writers run the mill over the potential move…
“This would soften an almighty blow at Sheffield Wednesday. The fact that top scorer Steven Fletcher is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines was never going to be good news but bringing in a fox-in-the-box like Che Adams would be shrewd business, particularly if they steal him from under Leeds’ noses.
“Garry Monk has worked wonders with the forward before and a reunion could be exactly what the Owls need. Adams is a proven predator in this division, scoring 22 goals last term for Birmingham and if there was one way of making a playoff spot easier to secure, this would be it. Wednesday lack goals besides Fletcher with no one else scoring more than three times in the entire squad.
“More goals are needed at Hillsborough and Adams could be their man.”
“Given his struggles this season following his summer move from Birmingham City with no goals in 19 games, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Che Adams jumped at the chance of working under Garry Monk again for the remainder of the campaign in order to get some confidence back should he be allowed to go.
“That said, when you look at Ralph Hasenhuttl’s comments about Adams last week about him not leaving, as well as the fact he came on and proved his worth by assisting Danny Ings’ winner against Leicester City on Saturday, he probably isn’t going anywhere this month anyway.
“If Saints lose Ings to injury anytime soon they will be in real trouble, and they can’t afford to let Adams go because of that. His through-ball for Southampton’s top goalscorer at the weekend hinted at a potential link-up between the two, and perhaps that could develop in the coming weeks now they have moved away from the relegation zone and are generally under less pressure.
“This is a no-go move.”
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“Having seen first-hand what Che Adams can bring to the table when the pair were both at Birmingham, a reunion with Garry Monk at Sheffield Wednesday seems like a match made in heaven. The 23-year-old enjoyed a very fruitful spell under the current Owls boss when they were at St Andrew’s together, scoring 25 goals in just 56 games across all competitions. Having struggled to adjust to life in the Premier League – he has yet to hit the back of the net for Southampton this season in the top-flight – Adams would surely leap at the chance to work with Monk once again. He could revive his career at Hillsborough, and be the catalyst for Wednesday’s promotion chances this year. And with Steven Fletcher ruled out for the foreseeable future, it’s surely a no-brainer for the Owls to swoop for Adams.”
“Even if this move seems the most unlikely of the lot, Monk should use his familiarity with the striker to try and clinch him this month. There is simply no denying that the options behind Fletcher are abysmal. None have taken their chances when offered and with the majority out of contract in the summer, they can be shipped aside for the greater good. Adams’ goalscoring exploits are still fresh in the memory, it was only last season after all. Wednesday could be the perfect spot to reignite that form, which would only be a win-win for all parties involved, even Southampton.”
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