Everything you need to know about reported Sheffield Wednesday target Jonson Clarke-Harris

Bristol Rovers forward Jonson Clarke-Harris is the latest forward to be linked with Sheffield Wednesday in January as Garry Monk seeks to add firepower to his side’s burgeoning promotion charge.

Wednesday, 18th December 2019, 11:45 am
Updated Wednesday, 18th December 2019, 3:51 pm

Names such as Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster have been linked in recent days, but who is Clarke-Harris and what would he offer the Owls? Let’s take a look.

Who is he and what has he done?

Born in Leicester, 25-year-old Jonson Clarke-Harris has had a nomadic career to date, playing for nine clubs including five loan spells.

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Starting out at Coventry City, he became the Sky Blue’s youngest-ever player in a 2-0 League Cup defeat to Morecambe in August 2010, aged just 16 years and 21 days old.

It never quite took off for him there and he made his Football League debut on loan at Southend United from Peterborough United, for whom he never made a league appearance.

It for his four-year spell at Rotherham United – who he cost a club-record £350,000 – that Wednesday fans may remember him, where he hit nine goals in a stop-start time interspersed with loan moves.

Clarke Harris spent the majority of 2018 back at Coventry before finding form with Bristol Rovers under former Owls defender Graham Coughlan after his signing in January this year.

Bristol Rovers striker Jonson Clarke-Harris is a potential January signing for Sheffield Wednesday, according to reports.
Bristol Rovers striker Jonson Clarke-Harris is a potential January signing for Sheffield Wednesday, according to reports.

He has belted 19 League One goals in 27 games for the Pirates and has 10 in 18 this season.

What sort of player is he?

All-action, Clarke-Harris puts himself about and is best-known for his pace and eye for goal. He has developed a penchant for long-range strikes while in Bristol and enjoys link-up play, offering deft touches and flick-ons.

He is an out-and-out centre-forward and stands at a touch over six foot tall.

Jonson Clarke-Harris has scored 10 goals in 18 matches for League One Bristol Rovers this season.

What are the chances of him signing for Wednesday?

Rovers CEO Martyn Starnes admitted this week that "every player has a value", and the departure of Coughlan to Mansfield has cast further doubt over the future of Clarke-Harris.

Clubs were linked with him in the summer, but Rovers maintain they received no bid.

Hull, Middlesbrough and Reading appear to be the Owls most likely rivals for a player who’s valuation is not known. He has 18 months remaining on his contract.