Over the weekend reports emerged suggesting that Sheffield Wednesday striker Steven Fletcher could be a target for Greek giants Panathinaikos.
The Star leant on reports seeming to emanate from Greece where it was suggested that their sporting direct Nikos Dabizas has been holding talks with the former Scottish international over whether or not he’d be interested in a move to them.
Presumably, contact has been made with Sheffield Wednesday directly given he still has two years left to run on his deal following his free agent arrival from Sunderland back in 2016.
It’s believed though that Fletcher’s wage demands could be a stumbling as he earns in excess of £30,000 a week and it’s suggested that unless he was willing to take a significant pay cut, the Greek side would simply be priced out of a deal.
He is of course still working his way back from injury but the expectation is that although he’s making good progress, he will miss the start of the 2018/19 campaign along with Kieran Lee and Gary Hooper.
Speaking after the friendly last Friday with Lincoln City, Jos Luhukay explained.
“It will be difficult for these three players but these must work hard on themselves and they do that. We give no time and we give no pressure on these three players. Kieran has been out for one year and Gary Hooper and Steven Fletcher from December.”
Would Fletcher fancy his chances of working his way back into our thoughts, he has his backers but also his critics, however 14 goals in 39 starting appearances and 22 substitute showings is roughly on par with his average across his career so far.
Would he be better served taking the financial hit and agreeing a six-month-long loan spell, possibly with the club covering some of his wage so we save on the part they can contribute and potentially getting greater minutes and finding his form before he looks to impact our first-team – or even do that on the basis of making himself a more attractive prospect in the January window?
Or is he happy to sit on his contract and occasionally feature?