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 boss Garry Monk has revealed he is keen to sign on-loan Crystal Palace striker Connor Wickham permanently this summer.
Wickham joined the Owls on loan in January and appears to have begun to find his feet for Monk’s side – scoring twice in three games since the Championship returned.
Speaking to Yorkshire Live, Monk confirmed that he would be interested in signing the 27-year-old permanently if the opportunity arose.
But would that be a good move for Wednesday? And do they need him?
We asked our FLW writers for their thoughts…
It’s worth doing.
He seems happy at Wednesday and is in decent form whilst the club needs to bring in strikers this summer with a fair few leaving and more set to potentially go.
Fletcher, Winnall and Forestieri are all gone whilst we could also see Nuhiu and Rhodes leave the club, too, meaning they’ll be in real need of attacking signings.
In Wickham, they have a player that is clearly settled and enjoying his time at the club and it appears as though Monk rates him too so, for me, it’s one that really should be looked at getting done by the club.
I don’t see why not.
Wednesday obviously need to bring in a new striker or two this summer given the recent departures of Steven Fletcher and Fernando Forestieri, and Wickham could give them a useful option to choose from next term.
He has seemingly fit in really well and scored a couple of important goals, and you wouldn’t expect him to cost a lot of money, also.
If they can negotiate a decent fee for him then it’s worth pursuing, as it makes sense for sure. He fits their style of play, he seems to be enjoying his time at Wednesday, and he could be a key asset for them next term.
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I think it would be a smart move to sign him permanently if they can.
I’ll admit that I had my doubts as to whether Wickham would be a good fit for Sheffield Wednesday when he arrived on loan at Hillsborough from Crystal Palace.
But given that Steven Fletcher is almost certain to leave the club in the summer, it would be a smart decision to make an attempt to sign Wickham permanently.
He’s already scored against Bristol City and Nottingham Forest since competitive action returned to the sporting calendar, and I think he’ll only get better and better as the season heads towards a conclusion.
It should be a no-brainer for the Owls to make an attempt to sign him permanently, as there aren’t many other options that will be financially doable for Sheffield Wednesday.