Neil Warnock has made no secret of his desire to improve in wide areas over the summer. Sheffield Wednesday winger Adam Reach is out of contract in June and could surely be tempted by a move back to his native North East.
Reach came through the Middlesbrough youth system and started his senior professional career at the club, making his debut as a left-back in 10/11 – under then Boro boss Tony Mowbray. He went on to make 63 first team appearances, scoring 6 goals.
On 31 August 2016, Reach joined Sheffield Wednesday after Middlesbrough accepted a £5 million bid from the South Yorkshire club.
Almost five years on, Reach has gone on to establish himself as one of best and most experienced wingers in the Championship. But, with Wednesday looking likely to drop down to League One, he may look for pastures new.
At 28 years old, Reach is in the prime of his career and will be keen to secure the best possible deal for him and his family – and rightly so.
He has previously been linked with Cardiff City and Watford. But with the Hornets likely to achieve promotion to the Premier League, their targets will no doubt shift. Cardiff would of course be an attractive proposition to the player, who has recently discussed his desire to compete at the top end of the league; however, a move back to a Middlesbrough side stewarded by Warnock – provided the finances were right – would also be an attractive option.
Middlesbrough are in the market for two wide players this summer. Given the current financial outlook for Championship clubs, large transfer fees will be out of the question. So, as was the case in January, Warnock will be looking at loan deals and players who are out of contract.
Adam Reach has made 299 Championship appearances, scoring 31 goals and providing 41 assists – Warnock should look no further.