The player most recently linked with a switch to Sheffield Wednesday is West Brom striker Kenneth Zohore. He’s someone many would be keen to see joining us, as we attempt to bolster our forward line, but according to Alan Nixon of The Sun, he’s on a lot of money, and this is holding up the deal.
Zohore, 26, will undoubtedly be a solid acquisition for Wednesday. Garry Monk has spoken of his desire and determination to bring a number nine to the club, and there are suggestions he wants to add two more to the attacking department. It’s in no way a slight on who is already in the building. We need to add more quality and depth, to overcome the challenges the Championship campaign will throw at us.
After Wednesday’s interest of the Dane was broke by Att Chansiri, the club’s top ITK, and then confirmed by Alan Nixon, suggestions of his arrival got the fanbase talking again. He did, of course, make a big-money move to The Baggies from Cardiff in 2019, after scoring twenty-four goals and making eleven assists for the Welsh outfit, so the quality is there. But, by all accounts, so is a substantial wage packet, increased by West Brom’s promotion to the top-flight.
Zohore, who has made twenty appearances since his move to the West Midlands, is said to be on £50,000 a week. It’s way above the levels we can and want to pay if the Dane was to join permanently, and reports suggest even with West Brom subsidising part of the cost if it was a loan deal, it’s still out of reach for us and something we’re not keen on doing at the current figures.
This season, for me, is about learning from the mistakes of the past and doing things properly moving forwards. We’re all well aware that we were big payers, bringing the likes of Gary Hooper and Steven Fletcher to the club and giving them good money. And, while we did make the playoff final and finished fourth the season after, look at how the damage the substantial wage bill did to the club financially. As well as the disharmony it created within the dressing room.
We need a number nine, and I’d go along with adding two more to bolster our attack. But, while the points deduction and lack of bodies can make the situation feel desperate, edging fingers towards the panic button, the display and result at Cardiff is a reminder that we have a capable team. We must stick to our guns, stay with the plan and budgets, and ensure the club remains in control. If we can’t come to an agreement which works for both parties where Zohore is concerned, we move on. There are other strikers out there.
The same applies to our pursuit of Jacob Murphy too, even though he was one of our top players last season. It sounds like he will be surplus to requirements at Newcastle this season, and I’d love to see him back at Wednesday, as would most others. But, it’s said that The Magpies will want a more significant percentage of his rumoured £40,000 a week wages paying if heading out on loan, and it could be something we can’t do.
There will be disappointment if the club appears to have missed out on players because they weren’t willing to pay this fee or sanction this wage packet. But, it’s time to give Sheffield Wednesday the power. Let us control our destiny. And show everyone we have learned from the mistakes of the past. That represents progress, and it something positive for us all to hold on to.