Izzy Brown’s nightmare loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday could be about to end, with fellow Championship clubs Blackburn Rovers and Reading waiting in the wings to save him, as per The Sun on Sunday (03/01, page 57).
The 23-year-old linked up with the Yorkshire side in the summer on a season-long loan, the seventh temporary deal of his career and fifth at Championship level, having previously turned out for Rotherham, Huddersfield, Leeds and Luton.
The versatile attacker has made 14 league appearances for the Owls this season, but the majority of them have come off the bench as he’s struggled to fit into both Garry Monk and Tony Pulis’ plans this season.
And because of his lack of game-time, Chelsea are considering terminating his current arrangement with Wednesday and sending him to a club that will give him more game-time, with both Rovers and the Royals interested in handing him a lifeline.
The last time Brown really starred was for Huddersfield in the 2016-17 campaign, and further loan moves to Brighton in the Premier League, then Leeds and Luton in the Championship haven’t brought out the desired results.
Now almost 24 years of age, Brown must be fearing that he doesn’t have long left at Stamford Bridge, and he now really needs a move that could secure his permanent future for the next few years.
And judging by his lack of game-time this season so far, it won’t be at Wednesday, so a recall from the Blues could be a blessing in disguise.
If Brown wants to progress, he probably needs to depart Hillsborough for his own good.
The attacking midfielder hasn’t been given a chance to start since September, so a change of scenery could bring out the best in him – and if it’s one of the two teams linked to him that he ends up at then Reading seem a safer bet than Blackburn due to the Lancashire side’s abundance of attacking talent already.
But Brown’s potential recall will probably put a number of Championship and League One clubs on red alert as he weighs up his future with Wednesday.