After a mixed start to their Championship campaign, with the Yorkshire based side winning three and losing three of their first six games, Sheffield Wednesday have finally replaced caretaker manager Lee Bullen with the experienced ex-Leeds United and Swansea City man, Garry Monk.
Monk inherits a squad which possesses a wide array of talented players, with Wednesday possessing a squad of over 25 players, however, the former Birmingham City manager may look to the free transfer market for potential recruits come the January window.
Here’s THREE free agents the could interest Sheffield Wednesday…
One player that could be of interest is former Swansea and Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony, who is a player that thrived while under the management of Monk during the duo’s time at Swansea City, with the Ivorian front man netting 19 goals in 38 games under his former manager at the Liberty Stadium.
Bony would be well suited to Gary Monk’s preferred style of play, which is a possession based game, with the Ivorian having operated as the lone striker in the then Swansea bosses preferred 4-3-3 system, which allowed the striker to utilise his natural game rather than conforming to the teams overall philosophy of pressing high, which helped to conserve Bony’s energy for goalscoring.
Wednesday could use a player of Bony’s quality and experience up top due to the lack of pace and goals currently on offer from their current selection of Rhodes, Fletcher, Nuhiu and Winnall.
Another player who would perhaps suit Sheffield Wednesday is former Derby, Cardiff and Celtic midfielder Joe Ledley, who has been without a club since January this year after he was released by Derby County.
Ledley would provide another option for Wednesday’s midfield, with the squad only currently boasting five natural central midfield players, meaning that they would need one extra player to provide cover for Monk’s preferred 4-3-3 system, with Ledley adept at playing in both box to box and defensive midfield roles.
Whilst the midfielder also prefers a short passing game, which would suit Monk’s philosophy down to the ground, he also provides a strong defensive contribution for his side, as pinpointed by WhoScored.com.
Last but not least is experienced winger Ben Marshall, who once had a brief loan spell with Wednesday back in 2011.
With Wednesday only possessing just three out and out wingers in Adam Reach, Kadeem Harris and Jacob Murphy, there is perhaps a need to bring in one extra player to provide competition on both the left and the right of the front three that Monk is likely to start with, and Marshall fits the bill.
Having played over 200 Championship games, Marshall would not only provide Monk with good crossing and set piece taking abilities, but also a solid knowledge of what it takes to be successful in the second division.