Wayne Rooney has hinted that Jack Marriott may not see out the season at Sheffield Wednesday this week, saying that he needs to have a conversation about how the striker’s season is going to move forward.
On the surface, Sheffield Wednesday losing a former League One Golden Boot winner halfway through a season where they have scored just nine goals in 15 league games is a bit of a disaster, but this could be an absolute blessing in disguise for the Owls.
Marriott hasn’t been in form for a couple of years at this point, netting just three league goals since the start of the 2019/20 season, and his profile isn’t that of your usual effective striker under Tony Pulis.
Everyone knows that Pulis likes your traditional target man up top, that’s why the likes of Peter Crouch, Kenwyne Jones and Salomon Rondon have thrived under him, but with Marriott being a 5 ft 8 forward who has won just 0.6 aerial duels per game for the Owls this term.
Marriott hasn’t been good for the Yorkshire outfit, but he has scored plenty of goals in the past, so there is the argument that sending him back to Derby could strengthen a direct relegation rival.
However, with January just around the corner, Marriott being sent back to Derby could give the Owls the chance to strengthen their own squad further.
Not only will they get the 26-year-old’s wages off their books, but they will also open up an extra loan spot in their squad, which will help Wednesday comply with the EFL rules on loan limits and also give them greater scope to bring in extra players in January.
Indeed, they will have greater opportunities to bring in players on a temporary basis in January, a transfer strategy that may need to be used in the winter due to the Owls’ continuously precarious FFP situation.