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Sheffield Wednesday are among the Championship clubs interested in signing Sam Greenwood from Leeds United on loan.
The talented 18-year-old has shone for the Whites at U23 level after a summer switch from Arsenal, but he is understandably finding it hard to break into Marcelo Bielsa’s XI.
Therefore, a temporary switch may be best for his development, with Wales Online revealing the the Owls are rivalling Cardiff and Bournemouth for the teenager.
Given Wednesday’s desperate situation, with Tony Pulis’ men four points from safety, they badly need reinforcements next month. But, would Greenwood be a good addition?
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Wednesday definitely need to strengthen their attacking options, that’s for sure.
The Owls have struggled for goals this season, and the likes of Callum Paterson and Jordan Rhodes don’t have enough goals in them if they are to stay up.
Greenwood looks to be a real talent, scoring six goals in eight Under-23s’ appearances this term, but is he dependable?
He’s never played mens’ football, and it would be a lot of pressure for him to come in and fire in the goals to keep Wednesday up.
He could be a good addition, but a lot more experience and proven quality is needed up top.
Sheffield Wednesday need a striker or two this winter, Tony Pulis knows it and so do the club’s supporters.
However, I don’t think this works for them.
Greenwood is a great little player and someone who Leeds have high hopes for after picking him up from Arsenal, but it’d be unfair to throw him into a Championship relegation battle.
Wednesday need experience and, probably, players to suit manager’s style of play.
Greenwood is a really exciting young talent and has been excelling for Leeds United’s U23 side this season, scoring six goals in eight.
There is no denying that Sheffield Wednesday need a new striker to help solve their goalscoring woes, but it’d be a big ask to pin those hopes on the inexperienced 18-year-old.
So for me, Greenwood should be signed if another more experienced forward was brought in as well, as they can’t be taking punts at this stage of the season with their Championship status well and truly on the line.
He’d be an exciting option to bring in, but ultimately, shouldn’t be the priority.