Sheffield Wednesday are reportedly locked in a transfer tussle with Middlesbrough and Wigan to the potential signing of Bez Lubala according to TEAMtalk.
Lubala has been in impressive form so far this season for Crawley Town in League Two, scoring six league goals for Gabriele Cioffi’s side.
The 21-year-old only signed for Crawley in the summer transfer window after rejecting a new deal with Birmingham City, and it’s safe to say he’s made quite the impact since leaving the Blues.
Lubala previously worked under Garry Monk at Birmingham though, and it appears as though his impressive start to the season has caught the eye of the Sheffield Wednesday boss.
The Owls have put themselves in a strong position to challenge for promotion to the Premier League this term, with Monk’s side sat seventh in the Championship table.
We take a look at TWO pros and TWO cons to Sheffield Wednesday potentially signing Lubala in the January transfer window.
Pro: He’d be a risky signing, but it could pay off.
When any Championship club is linked with a player from the lower leagues in English football, there’s always an element of risk with the signing.
Lubala hasn’t got a proven record in the higher leagues, but you have to take a gamble sometimes, as it could prove to be a shrewd bit of business by Sheffield Wednesday if he hits the ground running.
It seems highly unlikely that Crawley are going to be able to command a high fee for Lubala, and the Owls will fancy their chances of coming to an agreement to land his signature for a fee which could rise significantly in the future.
Pro: He has age on his side compared to Sheffield Wednesday’s other attacking options.
Lubala is only 21, and compared to Garry Monk’s other attacking options that he has available, it’s safe to say that the Crawley youngster has age on his side.
Steven Fletcher and Atdhe Nuhiu are both in their thirties, and Lubala certainly has a lot more room for improvement as he looks to continue his impressive rise up the Football League.
A lot could change in the next few years, especially if he isn’g given game time at Hillsborough, but he’s got plenty of time to reach his potential at Sheffield Wednesday if he’s given guidance in the right direction from the more experienced members of the Owls squad.
Con: Do Sheffield Wednesday need anymore strikers?
This will be one of the main issues if Sheffield Wednesday were to strike a deal with Crawley to sign Lubala in the January transfer window.
Garry Monk already has a number of strikers available to him this season, and it seems difficult to imagine that Lubala would be one of his first-choice forwards anytime soon.
The likes of Steven Fletcher and Fernando Forestieri have proven records in the Championship, and it seems highly unlikely that the 21-year-old would be getting in the starting XI ahead of them if he was to sign for Monk’s side.
Con: Will Lubala get the minutes he needs to develop?
At 21, Lubala needs to be playing as much senior football as possible to further his development in senior football.
We’re already seeing what the youngster can do if presented with consistent game time, and it won’t come as a surprise to see that he is attracting interest from other clubs after such a strong start to the season.
But at such an early stage in his professional career, he needs to be certain about his next move, because if he makes the wrong decision, then it could impact his development which is the worst case scenario for Lubala as he won’t want