So, we’re now a couple of days into December, and what I often call silly season. It’s the time of year where rumours will begin appearing about business football clubs intend to do, both in and out. While our ability to do said business is uncertain, with potential EFL punishments to come, there’s an area of the team where I think we can make sensible changes.
Recently we’ve had too many strikers on the books at Sheffield Wednesday, with seven in total not so long ago. We managed to bring this number down to five, that’s if you count Fernando Forestieri as a striker, but I think we should look to move two out in the upcoming window, bringing one in, potentially on loan.
With everything that’s been going on with us and the EFL, and the new situation we find ourselves in, we must continue to do things properly and cut our cloth accordingly. Therefore, moving two strikers out to bring one in makes sense, especially from a financial point of view.
The two strikers I’d look to move on, and I don’t think it will be the first we’ve attempted to do so, and nor do I think it will be easy, are Sam Winnall and Jordan Rhodes. Winnall, 28, has never really nailed down a starting spot since joining Wednesday, and as a player who wants to play, he will undoubtedly be considering his options in the window.
The former Barnsley man’s contract is up in the summer too, so if we can get something for him now, it would be ideal. He’s looked after by Omni-Sports, who also represent manager Garry Monk, so I think together they’ll try and get Winnall in at a club where he will play regularly, helping to rekindle his career.
Rhodes, 29, has a contract with us until 2021, but unfortunately, his move here hasn’t worked out. It’s a shame, and I, like many others, are disappointed. Rhodes was one of the most prolific goal-getters at this level, but he looks a shadow of his former self. Rhodes is on good money at Wednesday, as everyone knows, and if he isn’t going to play or be involved in the matchday squad, a move away is best for all parties.
Undoubtedly, we’ve tried to move Rhodes on, but his wages combined with a lack of goalscoring exploits make it a difficult task. However, it may be a case of us having to compromise a bit more than we’d like to make a deal happen. Even getting his wages off our books with a loan deal would be beneficial, allowing us to bring in a new face, while Rhodes gets the chance to play.
It’s probably worth mentioning Fernando Forestieri too, another player who is out of contract this summer. He made his first start under Monk against Charlton but unfortunately had to come off at half time. It remains to be seen whether the Argentinian is in the manager’s plans because if he isn’t, and we can get something for him in January, it’s something we should consider in my opinion.
I’ve written a couple of pieces recently suggesting several names we should run the rule over ahead of the upcoming window. Dwight Gayle, Che Adams, Eddie Nketiah and Rhian Brewster are the four I picked out, and while their availability and our ability to do deals is unknown, they’d all be great additions.
I think it’s advantageous for us to bring in a striker who can play alongside Steven Fletcher, who is doing great leading the line for us. As well as being able to play in a two, if they can play wide in a three, or are comfortable moving into the channels, even better, as this will allow them to play more games as we often switch between one striker and two striker systems.