Sheffield Wednesday: Jones takes look at Simpson

Robbie Simpson playing for Wednesday Under 21s
Robbie Simpson playing for Wednesday Under 21s

Sheffield Wednesday are taking a look at experienced striker Robbie Simpson.

The former Coventry, Huddersfield and Oldham forward played for the under-21s at Hillsborough yesterday.

He had a 90-minute outing in a 3-3 draw with Crewe and has been training with the Owls for a week.

Boss Dave Jones said: “We’ve just been having a look at him and he’s done well, but we’ll see where we go from here.”

Simpson, aged 28, was released by Oldham this year. It is not unusual for Wednesday to let experienced players join in with them but it does not necesssarily mean that Simpson is on course for a deal.

The Owls have already signed Connor Wickham and Matty Fryatt as their new strike force and have others already knocking on the first-team door.

Aside from training and under-21 football, Jones will have been assessing whether or not Simpson could make an impact in the Championship.

The striker, who has been playing in League One, showed some neat short passing yesterday and made one of two goals for his strike partner Caolan Lavery with a headed flick but had a quiet game on the whole.

Lavery went close to a hat-trick and put the Owls 1-0 and 2-1 ahead.

Jacques Maghoma, playing on the left wing, made it 3-2 and hit the woodwork, and there were outings for young forwards Andelko Savic, who started, and Khalil Lambin and Franck Betra, who both came on from the bench.

Jones felt sufficiently well off for strikers to let young Manny Dieseruvwe joined Fleetwood on loan for a month.

Dieseruvwe made his debut as a late sub in 4-1 win against Newport County which took the Lancashire club to the top of League Two.

Jones explained: “We let him go to get some experience, as we have done with certain players in the past, and we’ll look to do the same with others.”