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 are weighing up a move for free agent defender Danny Simpson, according to The Sheffield Star.
The 34-year-old has been without a club since leaving Huddersfield Town at the end of last season and is understood to have featured for the Owls U23s yesterday, with Darren Moore present to assess him ahead of what would be his first signing as manager.
So, would he be a good signing for Wednesday? And do they need him?
Our FLW writers share their thoughts…
Simpson was good last season for Huddersfield Town, proving to be a reasonably calming figure on the right of defence during quite a turbulent season.
Of course, turbulence is best associated with Wednesday in 2020/21, so having the sort of figure Simpson is coming into the club isn’t such a bad idea.
You’d imagine that his arrival would be a short-term thing, with the option of reviewing it in the summer, so with that in mind there’s little risk really from a Wednesday point of view.
Whether Simpson is going to inspire Wednesday to a comeback in the relegation fight, I’m not sure, but this might just be Darren Moore drifting an eye onto his squad next season.
This could be a decent addition to the Owls’ squad.
Simpson has already shown that he can perform to a relatively high standard in the Championship, whilst with Huddersfield Town last season.
Sheffield Wednesday have got a busy run of fixtures coming up, and they’re going to need additional depth in their squad.
There are a number of younger players in the Owls squad at the moment, and they could learn a considerable amount from Simpson, who has played at the very top with Leicester City earlier in his career.
It’s a move that ticks all the boxes for me, and I think he’d be able to add something to Darren Moore’s team this term.
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I don’t think this would be worthwhile for the Owls.
For me, they have to start targeting younger players that they can sign and develop for profit in the long-term.
It’s clear that their transfer policy and age of the squad has to change going forwards as they have picked up too much dead wood along the way and I believe someone like Simpson would add to that problem.
I highly doubt that we’ll see any incomings until a number of players leave this summer and having watched Darren Moore closely at Doncaster Rovers, I would like to think he’ll target players of a lower age bracket to that of Simpson.