This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Sheffield Wednesday are starting to make some quality additions in the transfer market as Darren Moore aims to get his side in a position to challenge for promotion next term.
According to the latest report from Yorkshire Live, the Owls are hoping that they can secure a potential move for former Middlesbrough winger Marvin Johnson this summer. That comes with Moore still aiming to bring in some competition in the wide positions and after he was released by Boro at the end of his deal.
The Owls though are reportedly facing a lot of competition for Johnson’s signature this summer with the likes of Millwall, Blackpool and Hull City also admirers of the 30-year-old. That suggests that a move for Sheffield Wednesday is going to prove to be more complicated than it was initially thought.
With Sheffield Wednesday in the hunt for Johnson, we asked our FLW writers whether or not he would be the right addition for them to make this summer…
Definitely, he would do a good job.
After losing Kadeem Harris, Elias Kachunga and Adam Reach in the last couple of months, it’s clear they need to add more than just Olamide Shodipo to the squad.
And considering the fact Shodipo has only come in on loan, they need a longer-term option to arrive and in Marvin Johnson, they will have someone with 80 Championship appearances in the last two seasons.
After getting used to playing in the second tier in recent years and reaching the standards needed to compete in the Championship, this potential move to Sheffield Wednesday could allow the 30-year-old to tear up League One and prove to be a real attacking threat after bagging himself eight goal contributions in the league last term.
However, he has also played at left-back on occasions during his career and this ability to defend could help new signing Jaden Brown who could be in line to start regularly in defence for the Owls next season.
Johnson really is the definition of reliability having played so much football in recent years, being able to play in multiple positions and keeping his discipline at the Riverside Stadium despite Neil Warnock’s physical style of play.
And after being released in the summer, he would be a cheap option to pursue. But whether this would be a good signing or not would come down to whether he provides value for money.
A sensible wage package needs to be negotiated considering the Owls are now in the third tier but if they can do that, he would be a much-needed addition and someone they can rely on.
Wednesday have endured a busy summer, but you still feel that there is scope to bring in a new left-sided player following the departure of Adam Reach.
I look at Reach, and look at Marvin Johnson, and see two fairly similar players in the way that they play and the attributes they possess.
Johnson would fit right into Darren Moore’s system if he decides to stick with wing-backs, but he can play at left-back or further forward if needs be.
He may be getting older, but on a free transfer, it would be a shrewd bit of business.
This has the potential to be an excellent signing for Sheffield Wednesday. Marvin Johnson still possesses Championship ability but if he did make the move to Yorkshire, then that would be excellent business.
Darren Moore has made an excellent start to this transfer window, adding Championship standard quality in the likes of Dennis Adeniran, Lewis Wing and Bailey Peacock-Farrell, and if Johnson arrives, then they will be some force next season.
Having the ability to operate anywhere on the left side of the pitch, Johnson’s versatility is a manager’s dream. He featured 42 times last year in a side that were competing for the play-off spots for a high percentage of the season, just showing how good he actually is. He also chipped in with three goals and five assists, which makes it seem very strange to me that he could be playing League One football next year.
It is no surprise to see Wednesday’s initial interest spark Championship clubs into the race. With three second-tier clubs now in pursuit, I cannot see Wednesday landing this one. But if they did, he will be the best signing this division has seen in a while.