Middlesbrough are reportedly interested in a deal to sign Sheffield Wednesday forward Josh Windass according to a recent report from Football Insider.
Windass has been with the Owls since 2020, and has gone on to be a regular in their starting XI this term under the management of Darren Moore.
The 27-year-old has chipped in with ten goals and six assists from his 42 appearances in all competitions so far, and will be hoping to add to that tally before the conclusion of this year’s league campaign.
His efforts look as though they’re not going to be enough to keep Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship though, with the Owls currently sat 23rd in the table, and four points adrift of safety, with just two matches remaining this term.
A move to Middlesbrough could tempt Windass, with Neil Warnock’s side currently sat ninth in the second-tier standings, and with Britt Assombalonga and Ashley Fletcher set to depart the club in the near future, the Boro boss clearly feel as though Windass could be the best option to replace the pair.
We take a look at ONE winner and ONE loser for Middlesbrough if they were to strike an agreement with Sheffield Wednesday to sign Windass this summer.
Winner: Neil Warnock
The Middlesbrough boss would undoubtedly be the winner if Windass was to sign for the club in the summer, as it would strengthen his attacking options heading into the 2021/22 season.
Warnock has already confirmed that both Britt Assombalonga and Ashley Fletcher are set to leave the club when their contracts reach a conclusion at the end of this year’s campaign, so the Boro manager will need additional strength in depth moving forwards in that area of his team.
Windass is likely to be on smaller wages than both Fletcher and Assombalonga, and he’s shown that he can score goals at this level, which could make him a good addition to the Middlesbrough team.
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Loser: Chuba Akpom
Akpom could the loser in this situation if Windass was to arrive at the Riverside Stadium.
The former Arsenal youngster has made 41 appearances in all competitions this season, although 20 of those have been starts in this year’s league campaign.
Akpom has often been rivalling Duncan Watmore to leading the line for Middlesbrough in the second-half of the 2020/21 season, and you would imagine that he could be pushed down the pecking order in Neil Warnock’s plans if Windass was to arrive.