West Brom are reportedly among the clubs plotting a double transfer raid on Sheffield Wednesday for Steven Fletcher and Morgan Fox.
TEAMtalk reported that the Baggies, along with Burnley and Norwich, are hoping to sign the pair, both of whom will be out of contract at Hillsborough this summer and seem destined to leave the Owls.
Fletcher may be 33 and playing for a team languishing in mid-table but he has been in fine scoring form this season, netting 13 Championship goals for Garry Monk’s side – three more than West Brom’s leading scorer Hal Robson-Kanu.
The ex-Scotland international is also a proven scorer at Premier League level, with 53 goals in 189 appearances in the English top flight, and he could offer Albion a real attacking threat in the air – five of his 13 goals this term have come with his head, while he has a match average of 5.8 successful aerial duels.
Meanwhile, Fox has also stood out for 15th-placed Sheffield Wednesday in 2019/20, scoring three goals in 31 appearances from left-back. The 26-year-old is strong in the tackle, winning 2.1 challenges per game, and a match average of 2.1 clearances hints at a no-nonsense, safety-first defender intent on clearing danger rather than taking needless liberties.
If he were to end up at The Hawthorns, he would be vying with Conor Townsend and Kieran Gibbs for the left-back slot – the former had been Slaven Bilic’s preferred option prior to the season stopping in March, with the latter losing his place from the start of the campaign.
Despite Fletcher’s advancing years, he is still a very potent marksman and, while he might not have the greatest of pace, particularly at Premier League level if West Brom go up, he could be an excellent option to have in reserve – a bit like Charlie Austin, another experienced yet proven top-flight scorer who has frequently made a telling impact off the bench this season for the Baggies.
Which of these would you rather see in a West Brom shirt next season?
As for Fox, if he were to join Albion, that could leave Gibbs looking at a very uncertain future. The Owls defender has won far more tackles per game than the ex-Arsenal man (2.1 to 1.1) and has also averaged more clearances per game (2.1 to 1.6), as well as enjoying regular football. Gibbs may have been capped 10 times by England but the transfer links with Fox could have him very worried right now.
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