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Sheffield Wednesday: Signing of Connor Wickham highlights Garry Monk’s appeal

Sheffield Wednesday: Signing of Connor Wickham highlights Garry Monk’s appeal - Sheffield Wednesday

Sheffield Wednesday had a productive end to the transfer window as both Connor Wickham and Josh Windass arrived on loan from Crystal Palace and Rangers respectively.

The pair should add to the Owls attack and give Garry Monk greater flexibility in his decision-making, with Windass in particular able to play in a number of positions.

Wickham, who is rated at £2.25m by Transfermarkt, should also act as a boost for the squad and perhaps force better performances from strikers like Steven Fletcher and Atdhe Nuhiu, who now know that their place in the side is under threat.

Supporters should also feel encouraged by the loanee coming back, too, as Wickham has scored nine goals in 17 appearances during two previous spells at Hillsborough, and therefore getting the deal done may prove to be a great step.

It wasn’t without complications, either, as the Owls faced significant competition for his signature from several Championship rivals, including Reading, Bristol City and Nottingham Forest.

According to one report from Berkshire Live, Reading had also agreed a deal with Palace to sign the forward, yet Wickham wanted to travel from London to Yorkshire to play his football.

Although his previous connection to the club may have appealed to the striker, the influence of Garry Monk was also likely to have been a significant factor which influenced his decision making.

The Owls boss has got strikers firing throughout his career. Fletcher, for example, has already achieved his highest goal tally in a single season for Wednesday with 12 goals, despite only playing in 22 league games.

Lukas Jutkiewicz and Che Adams also flourished under Monk at Birmingham last season with 14 and 22 league goals respectively, and it is possible that Wickham took note of that when deciding to return to the club.

So Sheffield Wednesday fans! Are you pleased that Wickham has returned to the club, and do you think Monk was important in persuading him to sign?


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