Sheffield Wednesday supporters have been slightly more upbeat in the Transfer Tavern recently after seeing their team pick up their first victory of the Championship season on Wednesday.
Jos Luhukay’s men went into their clash with Millwall at Hillsborough having drawn one and lost the other two of their opening three league matches, having gone down to both Wigan Athletic and Brentford alongside holding Hull City to a 1-1 draw. Yet the Owls finally recorded their first win of the campaign on Wednesday night as goals from Barry Bannan and Tom Lees set them on their way to all three points, and although Ryan Tunnicliffe got one back for the visitors in the second half, it wasn’t enough to deny Wednesday the victory.
As such, there have been many satisfied Owls fans up and down the country in recent times, although some still feel that reinforcements are needed at Hillsborough following a summer in which their club have been placed under a transfer embargo.
And with the backline looking particularly vulnerable early in the season, £900,000-rated free agent James Collins (as per Transfermarkt) could be the ideal addition to shore up Luhukay’s leaky defence.
Ultimately, while their tally of seven goals against from their opening four games is not horrendous, failing to keep a clean sheet in any of those matches is not the start to the campaign Luhukay and his side would have been hoping for.
And if they are to improve upon their 15th place finish in the division last time round, they will simply have to tighten up and prove much more difficult to beat, which is why moving for the experienced Collins is a deal they have to strike.
The 35-year-old is currently without a club after leaving Premier League outfit West Ham earlier in the summer, thus bringing the curtain down on a six-year stint at the East London club, his second having spent time there earlier in his career between 2005 and 2009.
In fact, the centre back appeared 214 times for the Hammers during his separate spells at the club to help them maintain their Premier League status, with 13 appearances coming in the top-flight last term to suggest that he was still trusted, even in the twilight of his career, to do a job at the highest level.
And given his strength in the tackle, his reading of the game, and indeed his aerial presence, there’s no reason why Collins cannot continue playing at a good level in the coming years – he’d be ideal for Luhukay’s Wednesday.
Yes, he hasn’t played Championship football for some time now, dating back to his Cardiff City days, but the former Wales international is more of an old-school defender, which can only be good news in the long, hard slog that is a second tier campaign.
As such, not just for his experience but also his ability at centre back, the Owls would be wise to try and lure the free agent to Hillsborough in the near future.
Wednesday fans… what do you think? Let us know!