West Bromwich Albion are one of a host of Championship clubs interested in signing Sheffield Wednesday full-back Morgan Fox in January, according to a report by TEAMtalk.
The 26-year-old has been an important player for Sheffield Wednesday since joining the club from Charlton Athletic in January 2017 and has made a total of 88 appearances for the Owls so far, scoring two goals.
The left-back has played a key role in the Owls’ promising start to the current campaign under Garry Monk, but he is out of contract at Hillsborough at the end of the season and if recent reports are to be believed, he could be set to leave the club in January.
TEAMtalk claim that West Brom – along with their Championship rivals Nottingham Forest, Derby County, Blackburn Rovers and Huddersfield Town – are interested in signing the experienced defender in January.
Here are two potential knock-on effects for West Brom if the Baggies were to secure the signing of Fox…
Conor Townsend falling down the pecking order
Conor Townsend has made five Championship starts for West Brom this season and while he has impressed on occasions, he’s also failed to match the consistency that Kieran Gibbs and Nathan Ferguson have shown so far this campaign.
Fox has made over 150 appearances in the Championship and his performances for Sheffield Wednesday so far this season have been very encouraging.
If he were to join the Baggies in January, it’s safe to assume that he’d probably be competing with Gibbs and Ferguson for a place in the starting line-up at left-back and this would surely mean Townsend falling even further down the pecking order.
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Darnell Furlong falling down the pecking order
After making his first-team debut for West Brom earlier in the season, Nathan Ferguson has been able to establish himself as one of the brightest young talents in the Championship.
The 19-year-old is an extremely promising player and has impressed in both full-back positions. Assuming he is to remain at the club beyond January, it’s highly unlikely that Ferguson will lose his place in the team – even if West Brom signed Fox.
However, more competition at left-back may mean him becoming the first-choice on the right side of defence, which could mean Darnell Furlong losing his place in the starting line-up.
The former QPR man has been an important player for West Brom so far this season and has made 18 appearances in the Championship, although he hasn’t started any of the last five matches.
Ferguson becoming the Baggies’ first-choice right-back could mean Furlong dropping down to the bench on a permanent basis.