Keep, sell, loan? How should Garry Monk lighten Sheffield Wednesday's striker backlog in January?

As the January transfer window draws ever-closer with Sheffield Wednesday nestled in the Championship play-off places, attention of Owls fans has been piqued by reports of their interest in strikers such as Rhian Brewster and Jonson Clarke-Harris.

Wednesday, 18th December 2019, 5:00 pm
Updated Wednesday, 18th December 2019, 5:00 pm

Steven Fletcher is cut adrift as the Owls’ top goalscorer this season and much has been made of the need to find goals from elsewhere.

Four first team forwards are jostling for a place alongside the big Scot, and with the dark clouds of FFP parity looming large, the feeling is that Monk may have to offload a striker or two in order to bring one in.

But who should that man – or men – be? Our man Alex Miller takes a look.

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Jordan Rhodes

The man in possession after that classy treble at Forest, Rhodes is understood to be the club’s most highly-paid player and any move – loan or permanent – would surely be given consideration.

If Rhodes follows Saturday up with more goals in the coming weeks he may well worth persevering with. As it stands, £40,000 per week off the books might be helpful.

Verdict: Listen to offers

Sam Winnall, Jordan Rhodes, Fernando Forestieri and Atdhe Nuhiu

Sam Winnall

Having scored in Garry Monk’s first match as Wednesday boss, Winnall couldn’t have dreamt of a better start.

But he’s been in and out of the matchday squad and unable to make an impact since – that Huddersfield header remains his only meaningful act of the season.

Verdict: Offload

Sheffield Wednesday manager Garry Monk may well have decisions to make over the future of his forwards

Atdhe Nuhiu

One of Wednesday’s longest-serving players, Nuhiu’s cult status at the club could well come to an end at the end of this season as he approaches the end of his contract.

The big Kosovan has three goals in a season that has seen him partner Fletcher more than anyone else and has a presence that – rightly or wrongly – seems to breathe a touch of panic into defences. He offers something different.

Verdict: Keep

Fernando Forestieri

Another of the club’s highest earners, Forestieri has yet to place his mark on the season, briefly returning to the side between suspension and injury.

A world-beater on his day, the former Italy youth international is out of contract in the summer. The time is now.

Verdict: Offload