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Sheffield Wednesday recently completed a deal to sign Connor Wickham on loan for the remainder of the season from Premier League side Crystal Palace.
The Owls are currently sat 11th in the Championship table, and it was clear to see that Garry Monk was keen to add some strength in depth to attacking areas of his squad as they look to challenge for promotion into the top-flight.
Football League World’s Sheffield Wednesday dan pundit Louis Muhsin issued his thoughts on Wickham’s arrival, and was certainly pleased to see the Crystal Palace forward arrive at Hillsborough on loan.
“I think Connor Wickham is a great signing provided he can remain injury free.
“At this level, he proved in his last loan spell with us that he is up there with the best in the division on his day. I have no doubt he’d be comfortably playing Premier League football had he not had the trouble with injury that he’s had over the last few years but hopefully Wednesday can reap the rewards of a hungry striker wanting to get some solid first team football under his belt.”
Garry Monk was hit with a frustrating injury blow earlier this season, with it emerging that Steven Fletcher was set for a spell in the treatment room.
The regular punter went on to outline Wickham’s attributes, but admitted that he wouldn’t be surprised to see Fletcher return to the starting XI when he returns from an injury lay-off later down the line.
“You only have to look at where Wednesday are in the league and their form since Christmas to see where we have needed to strengthen.
“Goals have been really hard to come by and it has coincided with the absence of Fletcher since his injury, but Wickham would have been a welcome and needed addition regardless, as the other strikers at the club just haven’t contributed enough to the goals.”
“Wickham is a bit of a physical unit, so in that respect he can back defenders up and win headers just like Fletcher but he’s also got a bit more pace and power about him so he brings a different element as well in that respect.
“Once Fletcher is fit, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the two of them playing alongside each other. Not many defenders will fancy that if they’re both on form.”
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The on-loan Crystal Palace forward has made eight appearances for the Eagles in all competitions this season, and Muhsin is hoping that he can hit the ground running for Garry Monk’s side.
The 26-year-old could be in line to make his first start of the season for the Owls this weekend, when they take on relegation-threatened Barnsley at Oakwell.
“I can’t see why Wickham wouldn’t be a regular in the first team for the rest of the season.
“He’s had minutes here and there at Palace recently so it’s not like he’s coming here lacking match fitness so that shouldn’t be an issue.
“Wednesday are in desperate need of goals at the moment and wins and with Wickham up front, we have a much more powerful striker who has an eye for a goal. The sooner he hits the back of the net and gets that confidence, the better it will be for all involved. Hopefully that time will come at Barnsley on Saturday.”