Sheffield Wednesday are gearing up for a huge summer as Darren Moore looks to build a squad that is capable of winning promotion back to the Championship.
Despite the need for new recruits, the Owls chief is not going to be backed with significant funds in the market, with the club needing to scour for free agents and loan signings to improve.
And, one man who could arrive on a temporary basis is Josh Griffiths, who is believed to be on Wednesday’s radar. The keeper is contracted to West Brom but he has had to go out on loan to get regular minutes, with the 19-year-old starring for Cheltenham as they won promotion from League Two last season.
With Keiren Westwood set to be released when his deal expires later this month, Griffiths would seem to be a smart addition and here we look at ONE winner and ONE loser from this potential deal…
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Winner: Josh Griffiths
You’d have to say that the big winner from this deal would be Griffiths himself.
Even if Sam Johnstone departs Albion as expected this summer, the reality is that Griffiths wouldn’t get regular minutes this season. So, moving to a huge club like Wednesday, where he would hope to be a starter, would be a fantastic opportunity.
It’s Griffiths’ chance to test himself at a higher level and the pressure that would come with being the Owls number one in League One would be good for him moving forward.
Loser: Cameron Dawson
West Brom would want assurances that Griffiths would start the season in goal before they agreed to send him on loan, so that would be bad news for the other Wednesday keepers.
Joe Wildsmith and Cameron Dawson would both have hoped to establish themselves as regulars in the third tier, and Wildsmith may just be ahead of Dawson in the pecking order considering the injury problems the latter has had.
Therefore, it might be time for the stopper to move on.