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 are reportedly keen on Cheltenham Town defender Will Boyle.
Gloucestershire Live has reported that the Owls have been monitoring the centre-back this season and could make a move in the summer.
But would he be a good signing for Wednesday? And do they need him?
We asked our FLW writers for their thoughts…
It would be a bit of a surprise to see him join Wednesday.
Boyle has been influential for Cheltenham over the years, helping them win promotion from the National League under Gary Johnson before helping them compete for promotion in League Two under Michael Duff.
He’s scored six goals in League Two which is an impressive statistic for a centre-half, so he is clearly a threat when it comes to attacking set-pieces.
If Wednesday go down, then bringing in hungry, up-and-coming players could be the right direction for them to go down. We saw Sunderland do that with the likes of Luke O’Nien.
It could be an interesting addition.
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He could be worth a punt if they drop into League One.
I’ve been impressed with what I’ve seen so far from Boyle in League Two with Cheltenham Town this season.
It’s a shame that they’ve lost him for the remainder of the season through injury, and he’ll leave a sizeable void in their team.
I’m not sure Boyle would be good enough to play in the Championship on a regular basis, and I would only be targeting him in the summer if they were relegated into League One this term.
He’d be a solid addition in the summer if that was the case, especially when a number of players are likely to leave Sheffield Wednesday at the end of the 2021/22 season.
If the Owls are relegated, I can understand this move, but if they somehow remain in the Championship then I don’t think it would be a good signing.
If Darren Moore is planning on playing with three centre-backs going forward then of course he needs more reinforcements, and Boyle has definitely been one of the standouts in League Two in that position this season.
At 25 years old though, is Boyle going to get much better? I’m not convinced he’s Championship quality and if he was a few years younger, I’d say he’s definitely worth a punt.
Of course his seven goals for Cheltenham this season stand out but he won’t have Ben Tozer’s massive long throws to help him if he moves to Hillsborough – I do think he could make a solid League One centre-half though and providing Wednesday don’t get out of the bottom three then I think he’d be a useful signing.