With ongoing January transfer speculation linking Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers with a move for Sheffield Wednesday’s Adam Reach, new caretaker gaffer Steve Agnew has stated that we shouldn’t be looking to cash in, regardless of the potential sums talked about.
Villa have been heavily linked on the rumour mill with a move for the player over the last few weeks and Wolves quickly joined them and it’s been suggested (with little concrete proof) that Wednesday would be looking to deal on a figure at least in the £10million ballpark for the 25-year-old.
The midfielder’s qualities have certainly shone through this season, despite our struggles in the Championship, and his seven goals have won him plenty of praise given his eye for the spectacular.
Speaking to the Gazette Live Agnew’s message was clear – we shouldn’t be entertaining any sale of our better players, we should be keeping hold of them and then looking to strengthen the group around them.
“I had Adam at Middlesbrough a number of years ago. I’ve seen him come from being a young, talented footballer. He’s now matured and has gone from a boy to a man. He is terrific. For me, he’s one of the best players in the Championship. You have to keep hold of your best players and improve as you go along.”
Whilst his words send the right message, there is Financial Fair Play to factor in, so I doubt the decision will be Agnew’s and it might not even be new manager Steve Bruce’s in reality – it all depends on whether such an offer arrives on the tables at Hillsborough before the end of the month.