Comes with baggage: Owls loan target contradicts everything Monk desires this month – opinion

Sheffield Wednesday manager Garry Monk has made it clear that he would like to sign a striker this month following the devastating injury blow to top goalscorer Steven Fletcher.

What’s he said?

The Owls will be without the services of the 32-year-old for the next eight to ten weeks after being stretchered off in the FA Cup victory against Brighton two weeks ago.

Since the turn of the year, the south Yorkshire side have been linked to several targets, mostly in the loan market with Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah and Crystal Palace’s Connor Wickham the two names frequently cropping up.

Monk was asked about his transfer plans following their 2-0 victory over local rivals Leeds United at the weekend, to which he replied:

“We are looking at all types. They have to fit into the group that we have already got.

“With Fletch out, we need some strength and dynamism in the attacking areas.

“We are working on it but there is nothing concrete at the moment.”


Between Nketiah and Wickham, the latter seems the “most likely” to join Wednesday this month, according to The Sun’s Alan Nixon.

It raises question marks over whether or not he would be the right man to fill the void left behind by Fletcher.

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Monk wants a player with ‘strength and dynamism’ but Wickham’s plagued injury history and time at Palace would suggest he’s far from being what the Owls chief desires.

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In four years at Selhurst Park, the 26-year-old has only managed 48 matches, in which he has bagged 11 goals and five assists, per Transfermarkt.

Fletcher has more goals this season alone.

Wednesday’s veteran frontman is also a huge target man threat in attack, winning 6.4 aerial duels on average and recording 2.8 per game, via WhoScored.

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In the Premier League for the south London outfit, Wickham is again far from matching this. He’s managed just 1.05 shots per game and is averaging 1.9 aerial duels won each match over the course of his Palace career.

Therefore, signing him this month would slightly go against Monk’s latest comments as there’s nothing to suggest that the injury-savaged striker possesses strength and dynamism.

And in other news, Sheffield Wednesday have been dealt a significant blow in their pursuit of this Premier League man…

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