23 year-old forward Izzy Brown has secured a season-long loan at Sheffield Wednesday for the 2020/21 campaign. After a successful stint on loan at Luton last season, several Championship clubs were fighting for his services. YorkshireLive report that Sheffield Wednesday beat Nottingham Forest, Bournemouth and Queen’s Park Rangers to sign the loan deal.
Izzy Brown has accrued one appearance for the first-team at Chelsea in 2015, but he has recently been out on a total of six loans since then. He has struggled for regular fitness in recent years, suffering repetitive hamstring problems. He will hope that this latest stint at Hillsborough will spark an extended run of consistent match fitness that might propel him to the Premier League in coming seasons.
He has only one year left on his contract at Chelsea, and it is as yet unclear whether this has been renewed prior to the player heading out to Hillsborough on loan. This loan deal would effectively end Brown’s seven-year association with Chelsea if a deal has not already been agreed, with the loan deal taking him to the end of his agreed deal at the club.
Brown is a versatile attacking talent, able to play on either wing or as a lone striker, with his preferred position being as a number ten. He signed for Chelsea in 2013 after impressing in the West Brom youth setup and appearing for England at U16 and U17 levels. After spending his initial stint in contact with the first-team, he has spent time at Vitesse, Rotherham, Huddersfield, Brighton, Leeds and Luton to accrue considerable experience at senior level.
Sheffield Wednesday have been Championship mainstays in recent years, now approaching their eighth successive campaign in the second tier. They are now managed by former Swansea coach Garry Monk, and will be striving to launch a serious playoff challenge in the upcoming season.
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