Where will Kadeem Harris fit into the Sheffield Wednesday line-up?
Sheffield Wednesday are moving ever-closer to completing the signing of Cardiff City winger Kadeem Harris.
Sources close to the Hillsborough club have confirmed that the player has agreed personal terms and underwent a medical with the Owls yesterday. It understood the 26-year-old will join on a three-year contract at the end of his current deal – or as soon as the club’s soft transfer embargo is lifted.
It brings to an end an up-and-down spell in Wales for the 26-year-old, who will be desperate to lay down a marker and become a regular starter for Wednesday.
But where will he fit into Steve Bruce’s side? Let’s take a look.
Where will he play?
Able to play on either wing and occasionally down the middle, Harris has been earmarked to play a major role on the left for Wednesday, with licence to cut in onto his right foot. Much of Harris’ football to date has been played on the right wing, where Steve Bruce prefers Adam Reach. It is hoped Harris will play a similar role to that carried out by Newcastle United loanee Rolando Aarons during the second half of last season, although the club are yet to give up hope of re-signing Aarons too.
What will he bring to the side?
He’s fast, physical and direct, and will bring an impetus to the Wednesday attack that many believe they have lacked in recent seasons, with a preference for attacking the opposition by-line. Cardiff City writer Ben James told The Star last week that Harris has ‘tricks up his sleeve’, meaning he is able to open defences with his quick feet, and although his goals record isn’t the strongest on paper – he scored seven goals in 71 appearances for the Bluebirds – most of these appearances came from the bench.
So will he start?
You’d have to think so. Harris clearly very highly rated by Wednesday, who have tracked his progress for several months. It has to be said that Harris’ injury record isn’t the greatest and although targets including Aarons are still to be chased at Hillsborough – with a soft transfer embargo still in place – he is likely to be given the opportunity to shine he was ill-afforded at Cardiff.