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‘A gamble worth taking’ – Sheffield Wednesday eyeing free agent deal: The verdict



This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict‘ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…

Sheffield Wednesday are reportedly one of a string of Championship clubs keen on signing free agent striker Armand Gnandguillet. 

The 28-year-old left Turkish club Altay SK in December and Football Insider has reported that Wednesday, Derby County, Middlesbrough, and Rotherham United are keen to sign him this month.

But would he be a good signing for the Owls? And do they need him?

We asked our FLW writers for their thoughts…

Alfie Burns 

Do Wednesday need a new striker? Absolutely.

Is Gnanduillet the man to fire in the goals to keep them in the Championship? I’m not sure, but I’ll happily be proved wrong.

January is a tough window to deal in at the best of times, but with finances tight up and down the Championship, this probably looks a half-decent deal for Wednesday to look to do.

Gnanduillet has impressed at a lower level and he could do a job for Wednesday.

My gut feeling, though, is that they’ll need more on top of this.

Sam Rourke

On a free transfer, this is worth a go.

Gnaduillet impressed during his time at Blackpool and was regularly in and amongst the goals at Bloomfield Road.

He’d offer the Owls something completely different up-front and whilst it may take the 28-year-old some time to get up to the speed required in the Championship, if afforded time, it could work.

Strong in the air whilst also having the ability to link up play well, he could provide a real focal point for Sheffield Wednesday, something I feel they are missing with Josh Windass and Callum Paterson both industrious forwards, but not exactly focal points.

As aforementioned, this looks worth a go in this window as it’s a tough market this year.

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Ben Wignall 

Gnanduillet would be a top signing for Wednesday – especially on a free.

I expected him to move to a Championship club in the summer after developing into a leading League One goalscorer, but it looks like he will now finally get his chance after a short spell in Turkey.

Callum Paterson and Josh Windass have been the regular choice of striker for Wednesday this season, and neither of those are really out-and-out players for that position, so Wednesday could do with adding one or two at the top end of the pitch.

But with a new manager yet to be appointed at Hillsborough, bringing in Gnanduillet before one is appointed could be a bit of a risk as the new man in charge may not want him before he’s even kicked a ball.

It’s a risky one, but a gamble worth taking.

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