Sheffield Wednesday is actively seeking a new striker, despite the impressive performance of 18-year-old Bailey Cadamarteri, who has netted three goals in nine Championship starts. Concerned about relying solely on the young talent to secure their position in the league, the Owls are targeting Ike Ugbo as their primary addition to the frontline.
Ugbo, currently on loan at Cardiff City from Troyes, is a familiar face in English football, having been part of Chelsea’s academy since 2008. Despite a successful start at Cardiff with three goals and an assist in his initial four games, Ugbo’s goal-scoring form has declined, managing only one goal since August, when he scored against Sheffield Wednesday.
Reports suggest that progress has been made on a possible loan move for Ugbo to Sheffield Wednesday, but the deal is described as “a bit complex” since all three involved clubs need to reach an agreement. Cardiff City’s potential pursuit of Kieffer Moore adds a layer of complexity, as they may seek a replacement before terminating Ugbo’s contract.
Sheffield Wednesday is eager to bring Ugbo to the club as soon as possible, with manager Danny Rohl keen to maintain their good form in upcoming challenging matches against Southampton, Coventry City, and Watford.
While Ugbo has struggled to make a significant impact in the Championship, with five goals in 36 appearances and three goals in 30 games in League One, he has showcased his quality elsewhere, scoring 43 goals in 128 games outside of England and 25 goals in 51 games for Chelsea’s youth sides.
Despite the challenges, Rohl remains a fan of the 25-year-old striker and sees the potential for Ugbo to thrive under his management. A loan deal is seen as a relatively low-risk option for Sheffield Wednesday, providing an opportunity to bolster their attacking options.