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Sheffield Wednesday manager Garry Monk added to his squad on deadline day, with the loan signing of Crystal Palace forward Connor Wickham until the end of the season, as confirmed on the Owls’ official club website, as Monk looks to add the fire-power that will push the Owls into play-off contention.
Wickham has spent five years at the Eagles, but has only managed eight goals in 41 appearances, as his spell at Selhurst Park has been blighted by injury with a serious knee injury keeping him sidelined for nearly two years.
So do you feel Wickham will make a big impact at Hillsborough?
“It all depends on his fitness.
“If he can play at 100% over the next few months then he looks the ideal signing for this Owls team. He has the physicality to lead the line and is a good replacement for Steven Fletcher who has been sorely missed since he has been out injured.
“At his best, Wickham should be able to score goals, bring others into play and be the perfect striker for the style that Monk encourages.
“Unfortunately, his injury record is a concern, so it will be interesting to see how this plays out.”
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“I think he’ll have a huge impact for Garry Monk and could hit the ground running very easily, having played for the Owls in the past.
“He hasn’t exactly been exiled at Crystal Palace this season with six Premier League appearance, a goal and an assist showing that he’s match fit.
“Having lost Steven Fletcher to a knee injury for a large portion of the season, Wednesday needed a new striker that fits a similar mould to him, which Wickham is and actually offers more all-round technical qualities.
“Once he’s match sharp for Monk, I expect him to start each game he can and provide some much-needed firepower for the Owls to get their play-off push back on track.”
“I think this should be viewed as a strong signing by Wednesday given Wickham is familiar in his surroundings at the club, while he can also add goals as well as strong hold-up play to the side.
“The fact Wickham has decided to return to Hillsborough suggests he took a liking to the club during his earlier loan stints, and this comes as a major plus given the Owls will want players who really have a desire to succeed for the club.
“There can also be no doubt that Wickham offers more quality than what Wednesday already have within their attacking ranks and, while there may be some question marks over his fitness, I think it represents shrewd business.
“It would have been difficult for clubs such as Wednesday to find a top-quality striker during the January window, so I think Garry Monk has done very well to end up with Wickham in his side.”