According to emerging reports, Sheffield Wednesday are considering a move for free-agent defender Danny Simpson…
Sheffield Star journalist Joe Crann revealed on Monday evening that the Owls were contemplating a deal for the out-of-work left-back, who left local rivals Huddersfield Town at the end of last season.
The 34-year-old had been playing for his former club, Leicester City, and their u23 side in recent months in a mutually beneficial agreement that added experience to Brendan Rodgers’ setup as well as giving the Premier League winner some much-needed minutes.
It is believed that Simpson was the unnamed trialist for the Owls’ U23s on Monday afternoon, with senior boss Darren Moore in attendance.
There are only 11 games left to save Wednesday’s Championship status, so signing a player that has not featured all campaign certainly seems like a recipe for disaster, nor is it an inspiring move.
However, it is a necessary decision to make, irrespective of the division the south Yorkshire giants find themselves in next term.
The Owls have practically been playing all year without an out-and-out left-back. In the summer, former boss Garry Monk failed to replace his first-choice option, Morgan Fox, following his departure to Stoke City.
And this was something that chairman Dejphon Chansiri and the club’s recruitment team neglected to rectify during the January transfer window.
Given Simpson’s experience – he has racked up 331 appearances across England’s top two divisions – and the need for a player in the role, the move makes a ton of sense.
He started 23 games for the Terriers last season, where he averaged the fifth-most tackles per game (1.5) of any regular starter for Danny Cowley – a figure that would rank him similarly in the current Owls squad.
Matt Penney, Adam Reach, Liam Palmer, Moses Odubajo and Joost van Aken have all been utilised at left-back throughout the season, only emphasising the nightmare the Owls have had in the position and only two have managed more than 1.5 tackles per outing, as per WhoScored.
As Rodgers once said to the Leicester Mercury, Simpson is a “first-class” player who “trains like a demon every day,” and whilst his better days have come and gone, he’d be a worthwhile addition to Moore’s faltering outfit.
The £450k-rated veteran can solve the Owls’ season-long problem at left-back.