According to journalist Graeme Bailey, Sheffield Wednesday are eyeing up a move for defender Michael Hector this month. The 26-year-old currently plays his football at Premier League heavyweights Chelsea and has done so since January 2015, although the centre back has never actually appeared for the Blues first team, with several loan spells littering his time in West London.
And it appears that he could be set for another temporary move away from Stamford Bridge as Jos Luhukay’s Wednesday are reportedly keen on the £2.7 million-rated centre back (as per Transfermarkt), a deal which would go some way to salvaging the Owls’ desperate summer.
Ultimately, it has been a testing few months at Hillsborough given Wednesday have been under a transfer embargo for much of the close season, leaving manager Luhukay unable to add to his squad ahead of the start of the 2018/19 campaign.
And given his side only mustered a 15th place finish last time round, it was clear that reinforcements were needed but ultimately weren’t allowed, although the embargo has since been lifted to give the Owls chief precious little time to bring some players in.
And given the sluggish start they have made to the new season, not least defensively, the arrival of former Reading and Hull City defender Hector could go some way to salvaging their summer.
The 26-year-old has played a lot of football in the Championship over the years at the two aforementioned sides, with his most recent spell in the second tier coming last time round in appearing 36 times for Nigel Adkins’ Hull as they avoided the drop.
And with over 100 appearances at second tier level, Hector would bring genuine Championship experience to the Wednesday squad ahead of the remainder of the season, at the same time giving manager Luhukay another viable option at the back, but also in a more defensive-minded midfield role.
So far, the Owls have yet to keep a clean sheet in their opening four Championship matches to suggest that the defence needs some work, and while their tally of seven goals against in that time is not disastrous, they will need to tighten up if they are to climb the division – Hector can aid with that task.
And with versatility in having played in the defensive midfield position before, to varying degrees of success, the 26-year-old’s arrival would also give Luhukay options ahead of the long, hard slog that is a Championship campaign.
Thus, having failed to sign anyone so far this window, adding the accomplished Hector would go some way to salvaging Sheffield Wednesday’s desperate summer.
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