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 reportedly eyeing West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Josh Griffiths.
According to Birmingham Live, the 19-year-old is on Wednesday’s radar after impressing on loan at Cheltenham Town last season.
But would he be a good signing for the Owls? And will the Baggies be open to loaning him to a League One side?
Our FLW writers share their thoughts…
This would potentially be an excellent signing for Sheffield Wednesday to make this summer, and the perfect addition for them to enhance their goalkeeping options which Darren Moore is wanting to do this summer.
Moore knows the quality that Griffiths has to offer having seen him develop during his time in charge of West Brom. The goalkeeper has enjoyed an outstanding season with Cheltenham Town and managed to keep 21 clean sheets to help them seal promotion from League Two.
West Brom might need to assess their own keeping options this summer if Sam Johnstone is to leave the club in the transfer window. Griffiths is a player that it might be valuable to keep around the squad but they do also have Alex Palmer as well on their books.
If Griffiths is not going to play for them next term, then West Brom should allow him to leave on loan again. He would be guaranteed game time under Moore you would feel and would be able to experience playing for a big club with the pressure of trying to get promoted. That would be beneficial for his development.
Did each of these 20 players ever score a goal whilst on loan at Sheffield Wednesday?
What a good signing this would be.
Josh Griffiths was outstanding last season during his loan spell with Cheltenham Town and was a massive reason why they ended up securing promotion to League One.
Such were the level of his performances, I think that he is ready to play for a much bigger club.
Sheffield Wednesday will be in League One next term but will offer a much better experience for the 19-year-old as he adjusts to what life is like at a club with big expectations.
After spending last term in League Two I think that a move to Hillsborough in the third tier would be seen as the ideal step up for the player as he looks to continue his journey towards West Brom’s first team.
I could see this being a potentially useful signing for Sheffield Wednesday.
With Keiren Westwood having been released and neither Cameron Dawson or Joe Wildsmith managing to really establish themselves between the posts last season, it does seem as though the Owls could benefit from the addition of a new ‘keeper this summer.
Given how he impressed in Cheltenham to promotion from League Two last season, and with the potential he has shown to play at a higher level in the future, you feel that Griffiths is a decent candidate to fill that role for the coming campaign.
Add to that the fact that with the Baggies already possessing a number of strong options ahead of Griffiths in the pecking order – meaning he may struggle for game time at The Hawthorns next season – and the fact that he has already proven himself at League Two level, it could make sense for West Brom to let the 19-year-old try and prove himself in League One next season.