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…
It is looking increasingly likely that striker Steven Fletcher will leave Sheffield Wednesday this summer, as a host of clubs queue up to sign the Scotsman, as per TeamTalk.
The likes of West Brom, Derby and Stoke are being linked with a move for the 33-year-old, with the striker’s contract set to expire at Hillsborough.
With this in mind, do you think it should be a top priority for the Owls to sign up the striker to a new contract?
The team here at Football League World offer up their views…..
It has to be a priority for the Owls at this stage. Fletcher has been immense this season and losing him on the back of a campaign like this would be a kick in the teeth.
A rebuild is needed at Hillsborough, but Fletcher could be useful in so many ways to Garry Monk as Wednesday begin to build for the future.
He’s still scoring goals and his experience will also assist an expected new-look dressing room gel.
It would kickstart the rebuild in the perfect way.
Absolutely! Fletcher may be 33 now but he has shown over the last few seasons that he is still an excellent player at Championship level.
The Scotsman is the Owls top scorer this term and they haven’t looked the same when he’s been missing.
A clear-out is needed at Hillsborough, and it looks like it is set to happen, but Fletcher is someone they need to hold onto.
It’s no surprise to hear of other Championship clubs’ interest in him. Wednesday need to sign him up to a new deal as soon as they can to ensure he’s not tempted elsewhere.
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I think it should be a no-brainer personally, as he has been one of their most consistent and key players under Garry Monk this term.
If you play to Fletcher’s strengths, the Scottish international will score goals, and the veteran forward suits Monk’s style of play to a tee.
You saw during Monk’s time at Birmingham that the front two of Lukas Jutkiewicz and Che Adams, a big-man-little-man partnership, worked really well indeed, and Fletcher fits that ‘big man’ mould.
Fletcher has scored some crucial goals this season, and even if it’s only a one-year deal, it would be worth extending his deal as he must be a great character to have around the dressing room.