Sheffield Wednesday striker Sam Winnall says he will not leave the club on loan in January, but admits talks over a new contract with the Owls have yet to take place.
It has been a challenging start to the season for Winnall, with Sunday’s 2-1 defeat at home to Cardiff only the second time this season the striker has made the starting XI in the league.
In total, Winnall has made 11 appearances in all competitions for the Owls, scoring once in a 2-0 win at Huddersfield Town back in September, in what was manager Garry Monk’s first game in charge of the club.
But with opportunities still not exactly forthcoming since then, Winnall was asked in the aftermath of the Cardiff defeat whether he could look for a move away on loan when the transfer window reopens in January, with the striker responding by telling BBC Radio Sheffield: “Well, I’ve got six months left on my contract so a loan move’s irrelevant, isn’t it? So that’s out of the question.
“I don’t know. Whatever happens in January, happens. I’m just trying to focus every day and every game on Sheffield Wednesday and just whatever will be will be.”
With his contract at Hillsborough set to expire at the end of this season, Winnall was also asked whether talks about a new deal with the club had taken place, with the 28-year-old revealing: “No, not yet. No. Like I say, I think that’s still too far into the future to even think about yet.”
This is an interesting one.
It does seem as though Winnall is leaving the door open slightly to the possibility of a permanent move away from Hillsborough for the time being, which may tempt some clubs, considering his availability on a free in the summer could see help them secure this signing for a reduced price in January.
That being said, it also feels strange to me that he is ruling out a loan move in January, since an impressive temporary spell away from the Owls may tempt them to offer him a new contract in the summer, something they may not do if he stays at the club and continues to struggle for game time in the second half of the season.