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 have had an offer for Sam Cosgrove rejected, according to a report from Sky Sports’ Transfer Centre (27/01, 18:28).
The Owls are determined to bring in an attacker during the January transfer window and had identified the Aberdeen star as a potential addition.
It’s claimed that the South Yorkshire side had an enquiry knocked back for the 24-year-old, however it remains to be seen whether they’ll revisit their interest in the attacker.
But would Cosgrove be a good signing for Sheffield Wednesday?
The team at FLW have their say…
They certainly need to add some more quality up top before the end of the window.
Last night’s performance showed us that they’re in a proper relegation battle and that they desperately need a goalscorer.
The Owls have got options up top but none of them are natural finishers.
There is a lot to like about Cosgrove and he’s certainly shown himself a consistent goalscorer in the past but I’m not convinced.
He’s only found the net 3 times in the league this season, that should be a major red flag.
In their situation, I think they need someone more proven.
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Wednesday’s striking options to me are very limited. Josh Windass is a good pressing forward but he’s never going to be prolific, Callum Paterson isn’t really a natural striker and Jack Marriott spends more time in the treatment room than on the pitch.
There’s also Jordan Rhodes who only seems to be getting opportunities from the bench this season, so there’s a real need for another out-and-out striker who can walk in the door at Hillsborough and stamp his authority on proceedings straight away.
Judging on his performances at Aberdeen, Cosgrove can do it all. He can hold the ball up to bring others into play, he’s good with his head and he can finish prolifically with his feet as well.
Whilst the former Wigan man hasn’t been as prolific so far this season, he would be a real asset to Wednesday, but I can see them being priced out of a move.
Wednesday need a striker this month and they need a good one at that!
15 goals scored at this stage of the season is woeful and if it isn’t addressed, Wednesday will be relegated.
Cosgrove is a striker that’s got traits that would suit the Championship, so you can see why Wednesday like him.
However, Aberdeen seem to be digging their heels in over any fee, which is fair enough.
If things start getting silly I can see Wednesday moving on.
Personally, I think that might be something they regret, as the market for a striker at the moment isn’t a kind one.