Garry Monk was quick to provide an update on the speculation linking the Owls with a January move for Crawley Town striker Bez Lubala on Thursday.
After joining Crawley Town on a free transfer over the summer, Lubala has found the next eight times in 20 appearances across all competitions.
This week, TeamTalk reported that Sheffield Wednesday were among a handful of clubs looking to move for the 21-year-old in January, with Monk being the manager who gave Lubala his debut at Birmingham City.
However, Monk was quick to squash these rumours and told Wednesday’s official media channels: “I haven’t spoken to the club about any specific players. I’ve only had general talks about what we might be looking for in terms of positions or whatever, but in terms of details, no, nothing at the moment.”
Some may argue that Wednesday should move to sign the 21-year-old and that the club should look to press on with their January targets.
Here are three reasons why Monk should reconsider his transfer stance…
He will offer Wednesday something different up top
Lubala would offer Wednesday something different up top to the options they already have.
Wednesday currently play a system which tends to utilise a “target-man” up front such as Steven Fletcher or Atdhe Nuhiu, and whilst they have some seen some success in this system, Lubala would allow Wednesday to change their system.
He would be more likely to run at a defence and pull a back-line out of position whilst having the pace to keep up with wingers Jacob Murphy and Kadeem Harris.
Although looking solid at the back, Wednesday have only managed to score more than one goal in a game on four occasions this season, Lubala up front could offer them the opportunity to improve that record.
A cut price
There is no doubt at only 21, Lubala is already showcasing his ability and has taken to regular football at Crawley Town.
Unfortunately for the Red Devils, they may not be to command a high fee for the striker as they would if they were in one of the higher tiers.
The likes of Kemar Roofe and Ollie Watkins have all made their step-up the pyramid over the last few years and have seen their natural goal-scoring ability stay with them in the Championship.
If Wednesday can secure Lubala for a good price, he may well produce the same outcome for the Owls.
A long-term answer to Wednesday’s attacking options
Wednesday will end the season with all four of their strikers in their 30s, with Steven Fletcher at 32, Atdhe Nuhiu at 30 and both Fernando Forestieri and Jordan Rhodes turning 30 in January.
Three of the four are out of contract in the summer, with only Jordan Rhodes’ contract running past this summer.
This, obviously, would leave Wednesday short of attacking options and Lubala could be a perfect fit to the long-term vision of this Wednesday side.
The former Birmingham man could help start a overhaul of the squad and his youthfulness and fresh enthusiasm could see Wednesday really push on and secure a play-off place in the latter half of the season.