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Darren Moore shares update on Sheffield Wednesday’s pursuit of Nathaniel Mendez-Laing

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Sheffield Wednesday manager Darren Moore has revealed that the club have yet to make a final decision regarding whether to sign Nathaniel Mendez-Laing on a free transfer.

The winger has been without a club since being released by Middlesbrough earlier this year and was invited by Moore to participate in training earlier this month.

Mendez-Laing was recently handed the opportunity to showcase his talent in an in-house game as he featured alongside long-term absentee Josh Windass.

Both players emerged unscathed from this fixture.

However, whilst Windass is set to make his return to Wednesday’s squad for tomorrow’s clash with Accrington Stanley, Mendez-Laing has yet to earn a contract at Hillsborough.

Certainly no stranger to life in the third-tier, the 29-year-old has played 158 games at this level.

Making reference to Mendez-Laing, Moore has admitted that although he was impressed by the former Middlesbrough man’s performance in the club’s in-house game, he has yet to reach a decision regarding whether to offer the winger a contract.

Speaking to Yorkshire Live ahead of Saturday’s showdown with Accrington about Mendez-Laing, the Owls boss said: “We had a friendly in-house game.

“The purpose of it was for Josh [Windass] and some of the younger players to get a game.

“It was just a run-out.

“Mendez-Laing featured in that game.

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“He came through unscathed.

“He wanted to play in the game.

“He looked really good.

“No decision has been made on him.”

The Verdict

It is somewhat of a surprise that Wednesday have yet to make a decision regarding Mendez-Laing’s future as he has now been at the club for several weeks.

Providing that the winger continues to impress, there is no reason why the Owls shouldn’t offer him a deal as he has illustrated in the past that he is more than capable of competing at this level.

During his career to date, Mendez-Laing has managed to find the back of the net on 22 occasions in the third-tier whilst he has also chipped in with 23 assists.

If Mendez-Laing joins the Owls and goes on to make a positive impression for the club in this division, he will become an instant hit with the club’s supporters who will be desperate to see their side launch a push for promotion next year.


Freelance writer for Football League World. Previously worked for 90min & GiveMeSport.

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