Sheffield Wednesday Eye England-Capped Midfielder

Sheffield Wednesday are interested in a deal for former West Bromwich Albion midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah, according to The Sheffield Star.

The 29-year-old was released by the Baggies at the end of last season and Wednesday are reportedly keen, with the South Yorkshire club looking to fill the defensive midfield role.

The Hillsborough outfit have been busy thus far in the window, having added no less than eight players to their squad already. The club have added a mix of youth and experience to their side, with goalkeeper Ben Hamer and forward Charlie McNeill having joined the club at opposing ends of their careers. Chalobah would provide further experience, while still having a few years left in him.

The midfielder, who has also played in defence at times, is a vastly experienced name and would add some Championship nous to a youthful Wednesday side. Across both loan and permanent spells, Chalobah has 188 second tier appearances to his name, 76 of which came across stints at Watford.

He also has considerable game time at a higher level, having come through the academy at Chelsea and spending time in the Premier League at Burnley, Watford and Fulham before his move to the Hawthorns.

Chalobah, who was born in Sierra Leone, also has international experience with one England cap to his name, although this was only a cameo against Spain in 2018.

It’s thought highly-rated Wednesday manager Danny Rohl is looking at Chalobah as a target to improve his squad even further as they approach their second season back in the second tier after a miraculous survival last campaign. It is likely, however, that there will be other interest in the midfielder such is his pedigree, so the Owls will have to act quickly if they want to get their man.

Writer’s View

This would be a good move for Chalobah and a coup for Wednesday. The midfielder would likely be a key player at Hillsborough and would potentially be a candidate for captaincy, such is his experience in the Championship.

This experience would also highly benefit Wednesday, who have a young squad and have been looking to add more seasoned second tier players this summer. While a push towards the top of the table is unlikely, Chalobah is used to playing at the higher echelons of the table, which will help Wednesday as they look to avoid 2023-24’s tense end.

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