This is the Dutchman’s first spell away from the Netherlands, having played for Eredivisie side RKC Waalwijk in a two-year spell and making 65 competitive appearances, before being released on the expiration of his contract this summer.
He scored three times and recorded two assists in the Dutch top division last term, operating both as a winger and in a more central position as he has throughout the entirety of his career.
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Sow’s move to South Yorkshire was subject to international clearance and he failed to make Darren Moore’s squad for their league ties against Doncaster Rovers and Fleetwood Town – but could be in line for his debut at the New York Stadium against Rotherham United on Saturday afternoon.
One man who is delighted by his arrival is ex-Owl Carlton Palmer, who believes Wednesday’s 13th signing of the summer is a shrewd one and said to The Transfer Tavern: “It’s a good signing, it’s a good signing for them.
“He is a good age and he’s athletic, he can play through the middle, he can play out wide, so it’s in keeping with what Darren’s doing.”
The Owls are unbeaten in all three of their League One matches so far this season, so manager Moore might be worried about rocking the boat with the introduction of Sow.
But this early record has largely been due to a solid Sheffield Wednesday defence that’s yet to concede a single goal so far this season, despite already coming up against Charlton Athletic who have the likes of Conor Washington and Jayden Stockley at their disposal.
This may encourage the 47-year-old to bring him off the bench when Sow first becomes available, especially if the South Yorkshire side are in need of a goal midway through the game.
Speaking more generally about the forward, his top division pedigree in the Netherlands isn’t the only reason why this signing was a major coup on a free, but also his ability to slot in seamlessly anywhere across the front three and Carlton Palmer is right in pointing that out.
If Moore wants to utilise Josh Windass as more of a striker when he returns, this could be useful if the manager desperately wants to keep Sow in the starting lineup.
And considering the need to keep an eye on finances, this is a low-risk signing that’s likely to provide them with value for money – and the Sheffield Wednesday recruitment team should be commended for this deal.