Sheffield Wednesday rather famously bid £3m for Cardiff defender Sean Morrison this summer, a move dismissed by Neil Warnock as ‘not enough to buy one of his legs’.
Whilst the move drew mirth from many, situations since have proven Wednesday to be right. They’ve needed a commanding centre back all season, whilst Morrison has gone on to push Cardiff to within a whisker of the Premier League. Maybe the Owls should have upped their bid, but there’s no guarantee even £6m would have got both his legs.
This summer, Jos Luhukay must find an alternative solution, given that Morrison’s form will have increased his price and decreased his availability. If struggling Wednesday couldn’t have bought him a year ago, they stand no chance now.
They might like to look in League One at 26-year old Cheyenne ‘Chey’ Dunkley. He’s a towering defender who has come up through the football pyramid one step at a time. Cast aside by Crewe as a youngster he’s made his way back, beyond his former employers and to the cusp of the Championship.
Spells at Hednesford and Kidderminster ended with a move to Oxford where he really made his name. Upon completion of his contract at the Kassam, he switched to promotion chasing Wigan Athletic.
This season he’s made 32 appearances for Paul Cook’s side, chipping in with five goals. He’s six foot two which poses a real threat in both boxes, something his goal haul is testament too.
He doesn’t give away a lot of fouls, just 20 all season, whilst he’s been fouled 13 times. He’s big, he’s strong and he’d rather win a tussle using strength and guile than by unfair means. With just four yellow cards to his name he’s a proven centre half with the right temperament to match.
His shot conversion, whilst just 19%, isn’t bad for a centre half. I don’t think Sheffield Wednesday are looking for a defender who can score goals with his feet, they need a commanding presence at the back, a defensive rock around which they can build a promotion chasing side.
I think Dunkley would be a great fit at Hillsborough. He might not be proven in the Championship, but he’s done almost enough to show he’s better than League One with Wigan. He wouldn’t come cheap though, he signed a three year deal in the summer.