Sheffield Wednesday will be determined to secure all three points in their showdown with Portsmouth in League One on Saturday.
Ahead of the new term, the Owls have managed to bolster their squad by making eight signings in the current transfer window.
Despite this influx of players, Wednesday continued to be linked with a host of individuals ahead of the new term.
Kemar Roofe has recently emerged as a potential target for the Owls.
According to a Patreon report from Alan Nixon, Wednesday are looking to sign Roofe on loan from Rangers.
Providing that Wednesday are able to convince the Scottish outfit to sanction a temporary departure for Roofe, the forward’s arrival at Hillsborough could have a knock-on effect on some of the club’s other players.
Here, we have decided to take a look at one winner and one loser at Sheffield Wednesday if they seal a deal for the 29-year-old…
Winner: Lee Gregory
When you consider that Lee Gregory is already set to face competition for a place in the club’s starting eleven from Michael Smith, he could potentially step up his performance levels if Roofe makes the switch to Wednesday.
Alternatively, if Owls manager Darren Moore is looking to utilise a two-striker formation in the upcoming term, Gregory could potentially go on to thrive alongside Smith or Roofe.
Having provided 22 direct goal contributions in the third-tier last season, the 33-year-old will be confident in his ability to cause havoc for Wednesday’s opponents in the new term.
By using Roofe’s arrival as motivation to improve as a player, it wouldn’t be at all surprising if Gregory goes on to spearhead a push for automatic promotion.
Loser: Callum Paterson
If Wednesday are able to secure the services of Roofe, Callum Paterson is likely to slip further down the pecking order at Hillsborough.
Whereas Roofe managed to find the back of the net on 16 occasions for Rangers in all competitions last season, Paterson was less prolific in a Wednesday shirt as he only scored six times for the club in League One.
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A versatile player, Paterson may need to focus on trying to claim a spot in another position in the club’s starting eleven instead of challenging for the centre-forward role.
Capable of playing as a defender and as a midfielder, the 27-year-old may still be able to help Wednesday achieve success later this year if he stays at the club during the current window.