Sheffield Wednesday have been dealt with a major blow in their pursuit of Scott Tanser.
Scottish Premiership side St Mirren have officially confirmed the signing of left-back Tanser on a free transfer from St Johnstone. Tanser has agreed a one-year deal with St Mirren, with the option for a further 12 months, and he will link up with his new team upon the expiry of his St Johnstone contract at the end of the month.
Earlier this month, Football Insider reported that Sheffield Wednesday were one of a number of League One clubs attempting to sign Tanser this summer. Wednesday have now missed out on his signature, with St Mirren swooping in to complete a deal.
“Scott Tanser is one who knows the league and has been outstanding at left-wing back for St. Johnstone this season. He’s a very good athlete, great delivery, he was instrumental in some of the really good performances that St. Johnstone had.
“I’ve been speaking to Scott since January time, really with him and his agent trying to get something done and I’m delighted that today he has agreed to come in.”
Wednesday boss Darren Moore will be fuming that the club has not been able to secure an agreement with Tanser ahead of St Mirren. The left-back spot at Sheffield Wednesday is set to be wide open next season as current first-choice Adam Reach is out of contract at the end of the month. Moore, therefore, has no left-back options at his disposal heading into the 2021/22 campaign and the club will need to amend that in the coming months.
Moore should be devastated that Tanser has slipped past them as his performances for St Johnstone in the 2020/21 season were exceptional. The £800-per-week defender averaged an exceptional WhoScored rating of 7.08 in 17 starts as a left wing-back, whilst achieving a score of 6.87 across 28 appearances in various positions. This suggests that he could have been a brilliant addition to Wednesday’s team and that he could have been a player who Moore would have loved to have managed.
It is now down to Dejphon Chansiri and Moore to identify alternative targets to solve their left-back crisis. Their pursuit of Tanser is officially over with this news and they will need to find a player of a similar quality to come in and bolster Moore’s team to offset the loss of Reach.
If they fail to do that, then it could become an issue in League One next season if they do not have a left-back of the requisite quality in the team.