It’s entering that time of the summer when players are expected to begin to wind down their holidays in exotic places and get their loins girded for the hard yards of pre-season. That long haul for players is just around the corner, something that fans can look forward to – players less so.
It’s also the time of the year where clubs like to get their plans finalised as much as possible and get bodies in and playing within their new system. It is the same with all clubs, there is no variance. Sheffield Wednesday must have thought that they were gettin one of their targets in early when they stole a march on Scotish giants Celtic in the hunt for Motherwell’s exciting youngster David Turnbull.
The two-cap Scotland Under-21 international definitely had a season that caught the eye. After a 25-game Premiership particpation, Turnbull had an impressive nine goals and five assists to his name. He was also prolific in Motherwell’s SPL ‘relegation’ round scoring SIX goals in five games and adding an assist to boot.
However, the buoyancy that Sheffield Wednesday fans might have felt in this news will have been deflated somewhat by the following tweet from Sun journalist Alan Nixon.
English Prem interest in young Turnbull at Motherwell. Celtic heard of it. Pulled plug. Shame this has got so huffy …
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) June 18, 2019
With Celtic pulling out of their pursuit, after they’d been tipped to go back in to try wrestle Turnbull away from Wednesday, it implies that they don’t fancy their chances of duking it out with Premier League sides, sides who pack a heavier punch backed by their share of the mega-money TV deal.
If that’s the case, that Celtic don’t fancy their chances, then it is safe to say that the same applies to Sheffield Wednesday and their appreciation of the Scottish starlet. Premier League interest brings with it a clout that even a decent Championship side like Sheffield Wednesday will struggle to keep pace with.