By all logic, Sheffield Wednesday should be in the market for a striker this summer, and one name that has been doing the rounds as of late is Luke Jephcott.
Indeed, the Owls have been credited with a strong interest in the Plymouth striker, and you can understand why they’re keen on signing him.
The striker has scored 16 goals in League One this season, and that type of potency in front of goal would certainly fire Wednesday up the league table.
However, there is reason to suggest that Wednesday should tread carefully here.
Jephcott won’t come cheaply, with Plymouth boss Ryan Lowe saying he would be allowed to leave for £3.5 million, and the fact of the matter is that goals in League One don’t always translate over to the Championship.
Wednesday only need to look within their own squad to prove that, with Jack Marriott, a former League One Golden Boot winner, struggling to find the net on a consistent basis in the higher division.
Jephcott is in the form of his life, there’s no doubt about it, but he’s only been doing this for around six months in a league that is of a low standard.
Let’s not forget this is the same man who scored just five goals in 18 appearances for Truro City last term, and that was in the seventh tier of English football.
Of course, players improve, and there’s every chance that Jephcott could be the real deal, but when you’re in a position as precarious as Wednesday’s and every penny counts in the transfer market, they simply have to make sure they’re getting value for money if they’re going to outlay £3.5m on one player.
Let’s just hope the Owls have done their due diligence before considering this move.