Garry Monk has a huge upheaval on the horizon at Hillsborough with Sheffield Wednesday set to see a lot of changes to the playing staff in the summer.
It hasn’t quite gone to plan so far for the Owls this season, as they sit firmly in mid-table almost directly in between the relegation zone and the play-off places with just nine games left to play.
Garry Monk was appointed in September after Steve Bruce’s shock departure just before the start of the season and he has had the vast majority of the season, now, to assess his squad ahead of a summer overhaul.
A whole host of first-team players at Hillsborough are out of contract in the summer, with very few of them actually warranting an extended deal based on recent performances, which Monk will be keen to address in the coming months.
As the summer approaches, he will know where his priorities lie in terms of where to strengthen his lineup going forward and he might well be keen to revisit some players that were previously linked with a move in recent months.
Here, we take a look at two players that could be on Monk’s agenda for a fresh move in the summer months…
The Bristol Rovers hitman has been in tremendous form ever since making the switch to the Memorial Stadium back in January 2019, scoring goals for fun in League One and proving that his destiny certainly lies higher than the third tier.
Monk was in the market for an out-and-out striker in January and got one when Connor Wickham arrived on-loan for the remainder of the season, but there isn’t much indication that Crystal Palace would be happy to let him leave permanently.
The project at Hillsborough has to be long-term to give Monk the best chance to rebuild the foundations of the first-team squad, which means that permanent moves have to be to priority.
Clarke-Harris was previously linked with the club, as per Football Insider, and would be a brilliant addition to the side to add a dynamic up front that has been seldom seen at Hillsborough in the past few years. Pace and dynamism.
Clarke-Harris’ goals ratio since joining the Rovers speaks for itself with 24 goals in 42 league appearances for them, showing he is more than capable of making the step up.
Have these players featured for both Wednesday and Rotherham United?
Monk got his man late in the January transfer window on loan until the end of the season and he has since hit the ground running with a goal on his debut against Barnsley, followed by a consolation in the recent 3-1 defeat at home to Derby County.
There was always speculation around the forward’s future at Wigan Athletic as he revealed there was a very strained relationship between himself and manager Paul Cook, and a permanent move would make a lot of sense for his own future going forward.
The Wednesday chief is clearly keen on Windass and it wouldn’t be at all a shock to see him make a permanent move for Windass, who looks to be settling into life at Hillsborough very well at the moment.