An update has emerged on free agent forward Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, regarding Sheffield Wednesday’s interest in his services.
According to the Sheffield Star, Sheffield Wednesday are considering a deal to sign free agent winger Nathaniel Mendez-Laing this month.
The report claims that Darren Moore is eyeing more additions to his squad before the end of the window and Mendez-Laing is someone under consideration.
Owls owner Dejphon Chansiri must avoid a nightmare situation by swerving a deal for Mendez-Laing in the coming days.
Wednesday have had a sublime start to the season and are currently top of the table after four games, with three wins and one draw. There is no need for the club to take any risks in regards to new additions as they could end up ruining what Moore is trying to achieve on and off the pitch.
Mendez-Laing left Cardiff and later admitted to the use of cocaine in a non-sporting setting and was handed a three-month ban in July 2020. The forward released a statement earlier this year admitting that he has overcome personal hurdles and is now working hard to return to playing. He told BBC Sport:
“With the help of my family, close friends, my agent, and the PFA (Professional Footballers’ Association) during this extremely difficult time, I have been able to overcome my personal hurdles, to focus, and invest my time in working hard, determined to return to football.
“I appreciate all the support I have been given throughout. I now want to leave that period of my life in the past where it belongs.”
Whilst it is fantastic to read that Mendez-Laing is trying to get his life back on track, Wednesday are not in a position where they should be taking a risk on him. He may not be the right type of character, given his personal struggles, that thee Owls need in the dressing room as they will need all the positivity they can muster to launch a promotion push to return to the Championship at the first time of asking.
The 29-year-old joined Middlesbrough last season and scored once in nine appearances before being let go in the summer. This suggests that Neil Warnock did not see enough from him in training to warrant keeping him around on Teeside, which is another reason why Wednesday should be avoiding him. He is out of match practice and out of form due to his absence from the game and there is no need for the club to take a gamble on such a player in their situation.