08 February 2020 14:45
New Sheffield Wednesday signing, Connor Wickham, appears to have dealt a blow to the Owls over his future. Wickham arrived back at Hillsborough for yet another spell in S6. After being with Wednesday twice earlier in his career, he's hoping to put his fitness worries behind him under Garry Monk. However, the big striker has confirmed that he sees his future with Crystal Palace as things stand. "I've still got a year left at Palace.
I think the intention is to go back to Palace. The chairman has made that quite clear to me," Wickham said. (Evening Standard) "So as far as I'm concerned from Crystal Palace's side this is for me to get the fitness, the development and whatever happens after that is for the future to hold. We'll see what happens." Those comments from Wickham appear to put paid to any hopes the Owls had of landing him on a permanent deal. The striker's spell with Palace has been a torrid one.
Injury after injury has hampered his chances of ever making a big impact at the club. However, he has been involved this season under Roy Hodgson. Wickham scored eight times in just eleven appearances during his last spell with the Owls. Garry Monk, then, will be hoping for much of the same from his new man. Not what Wednesday fans want to hear – TBR View While Wickham might just be speaking honestly, it's hardly what you want to hear as an Owls fan. It is apparent that the striker is simply at Hillsborough to build up his fitness. Of course, if goals come with that, then that's the bonus Wednesday will get from the deal. But you can't help but think this isn't ideal. The camp at Hillsborough is not at its happiest at the moment. Indeed, Garry Monk openly criticised some of his players just last week. It will be interesting, then, to see if Connor Wickham can get a run of games under his belt and prove that he does indeed belong in the Premier League next season. Following the decision of the Premier League to revert back to the traditional end to the summer transfer window at the end of August, the EFL have confirmed clubs will discuss doing the same with the Championship later this month. Last summer saw both the Premier League and Championship agree to close the transfer window on the Thursday prior to the start of the top flight campaign. With European leagues opting to remain with a deadline day at the end of August, the Premier League yesterday reversed the decision so as to not be disadvantaged by the early end to the window. Sheffield Wednesday could welcome back Kieran Lee ahead of Saturday's meeting with Barnsley, reports Alex Miller of the Sheffield Star. He may only be fit for the bench, however, due to a lack of match fitness. The 31-year-old has been out of action for weeks with a shoulder injury, causing him to miss Wednesday's FA Cup win over Queens Park Rangers (January 24), 2-1 defeat to Wigan Athletic (January 28) and 0-0 draw with Millwall (February 1). His return is great news for Garry Monk but may not be so well-received by Alex Hunt. The 19-year-old was called up to provide cover in the engine room during Wednesday's injury crisis and is now likely to be sent back to the u23s. Lee has made 18 appearances in all competitions this season, making three assists. His last outing came in Wednesday's 5-0 defeat to Blackburn Rovers (January 18). If fit, he'll be in the squad as Wednesday find themselves short on cover. Massimo Luongo could miss Saturday's clash while Sam Hutchinson has been frozen out of the first-team, so Monk has little choice but to throw Lee into the deep end. Joey Pelupessy started alongside Barry Bannan against Millwall and is likely to keep his place on Saturday. How will Sheffield Wednesday fare against Barnsley?