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“A level above League One” – Potential Rangers, Sheffield Wednesday deal touted: The verdict

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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 have reportedly joined the race for Rangers striker Kemar Roofe.

That’s according to journalist Alan Nixon (via Patreon), who has claimed that Darren Moore is keen to sign Roofe on a season-long loan. League One rivals Derby County have also been linked.

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

We quizzed our FLW writers…

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Alfie Burns

It’s one that you find yourself quite torn on.

Looking at Sheffield Wednesday’s squad with Michael Smith, Josh Windass and Lee Gregory all on board, do they really need another striker?

You’d say not, with other areas of the squad potentially needing a little bit more TLC.

That being said, Roofe is a player that would be hard to turn down as a supporter.

Just a couple of seasons ago he was impressing in the Championship with Leeds United, whilst since then he’s played for Anderlecht and then won trophies at Rangers.

He’s a level above League One and he would increase Wednesday’s chances of sealing promotion.

What the club need to weigh up is whether it’s worth making the squad top-heavy and upsetting a couple of individuals, for the sake of having a real player on board.

You do sense they might sway towards the latter.

Declan Harte

Roofe would be an exceptional signing for Wednesday to make, particularly as it could also weaken a rival’s hand with Derby also showing interest in the forward.

Roofe hasn’t quite nailed down a consistent starting place with Rangers during his time in Scotland but his goal scoring record speaks for itself, having bagged 24 across two seasons.

His goal tally in Scotland averages to 0.84 goals per 90, which would be a huge addition to the Owls if he could replicate that kind of strike rate in League One.

If Wednesday can get this deal over the line, then he could have a very strong impact on Darren Moore’s side this season as they aim for promotion.

Ned Holmes

This is a hard one to call.

On the one hand, a striker of Kemar Roofe’s quality could be a destructive prospect in League One and a season-long loan may be hard to resist.

But you do question whether the Owls really need him. They have Lee Gregory, Josh Windass, Callum Paterson, and summer arrival Michael Smith already so Darren Moore has a range of forward options already.

We don’t yet know what the cost of the deal would be but you have to think the Ibrox outfit will want to be compensated – particularly given there is competition from the Rams.

Wednesday don’t need to sign a new striker but if a player of Roofe’s quality is available and the deal is affordable, it might be a move that’s too good to miss.


London-based sports journalist at Snack Media EFL accredited, graduate of New Associates and the University of Brighton

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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