Some Sheffield Wednesday supporters have taken to Twitter to comment on the reports claiming Josh Windass is in talks to join West Bromwich Albion.
According to the Daily Record (live transfer blog, 28/12 2020 at 12:04pm), the Baggies are in talks to sign the former Rangers man with a figure of £400,000 mentioned.
Windass only joined the Owls permanently in the summer from Wigan Athletic.
But the points deduction and subsequent disappointing form on the pitch has left Wednesday in a relegation battle and now seeking their third manager of the season.
Here are how some Owls fans have responded to the Windass speculation.
No way we are selling a player for less than we paid in summer. Not like they can’t afford to pay a million for him is it.
— Tickedy Boo (@Dango1867) December 28, 2020
100k less than what we paid for him? The tightest owner in history when it comes to selling players is going to sell our best striker for a loss already? 😂 surely meant to say 4mil?
— Scott H (@Scott_h2) December 28, 2020
So we buy him for 500k and sell for 400k 3 months later 🤔 🤣
— Gareth Edwards (@Edwards1Gareth) December 28, 2020
If he goes, he goes! The £400,000 might just cover November salaries!
Can’t see it myself, why would we sell for less when we have three clubs interested?
— Steve Haggerty (@Heytch39) December 28, 2020
400k + Austin and you’ve got a deal.
— Molly (@mollllllllers) December 28, 2020
Honestly can’t see this happening. Chansiri doesn’t like selling players and certainly not at a loss. Look at Rhodes and Forestieri for prime examples. The reason we’ve still got Rhodes is cos nobody offered what we want for him. Forestieri went for nothing for the same reason
— Reverend Veggie Kray (@veggiekrays) December 28, 2020
At least get more than we shelled out.
It’d be so Wednesday to sell our best attacking threat for less than the pittance we paid for him.
— Spiderbones (@ddaardvark) December 28, 2020
Windass has only scored three times from 20 Championship appearances this season.
West Brom are also deep in relegation trouble in the Premier League. The Baggies have just hired Sam Allardyce who will be keen to strengthen his squad in January.
Windass may not have the best goal scoring record. But he has often played out of position this season, with his better performances coming as an attacking midfielder or wide player.
The 26-year-old has often been deployed as the lone forward due to a lack of options.
Wednesday must strengthen in January. A new striker is a top priority. Windass clearly has talent, but perhaps the club feel they can raise cash with a sale and spend better elsewhere.
That said, the reported £400,000 fee is surely too little for a player of his quality.
His former Wigan Athletic boss Paul Cooks dubbed him an “exciting player with an eye for goal” in an interview with the Latics official website back in 2018.
There is more to come from Windass at Hillsborough. Perhaps further additions in the final third will facilitate that and any sale now will only come back to haunt the Owls down the line.