Transfer Focus: Sheffield Wednesday’s pursuit of Macauley Bonne shows a new policy

According to talkSPORT, Sheffield Wednesday are interested in bringing Macauley Bonne to the club this summer.

The 23-year-old has enjoyed a fantastic season at Leyton Orient netting 23 goals in the National League, and his arrival at Hillsborough could signify a new policy at the Owls.

Bonne’s season

The Zimbabwe international has proven over the last two years that he is one of the most potent attackers outside of the EFL.

This season he found the back of the net more than 20 times for the second season running, so he clearly knows where the net is.

Of course, it is a big step up from the fifth tier of English football to the Championship, but it has been proven in recent years that it can be done.

Andre Gray and Jamie Vardy have both been top scorers in Non-League in recent years, and multiple other Championship level strikers have come through the lower divisions.

The likes of Lee Gregory, Jack Marriot and Dwight Gayle have all cut their teeth outside of the EFL before making big impacts in the higher divisions, and Bonne could be next on that list.

A new approach

Sheffield Wednesday have had problems with their strikers over the past few years. Big-money and experienced signings Jordan Rhodes, Gary Hooper and Steven Fletcher have all failed to meet lofty expectations, so it appears they are testing a new approach.

The Yorkshire club have wasted boatloads of money on these ‘tried and tested’ Championship hitmen who have failed to score regularly for the Owls, and it seems as if they are moving towards a new system where they try to create new stars rather than buying from their rivals at inflated fees.

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Bonne could be the first player the Yorkshire club test this new system on. With Hooper already leaving and Rhodes seemingly having one foot out the door, there is a gap for a new striker, and Bonne could be the man to step in.

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