Should Sheffield Wednesday sign West Ham's Carlton Cole on loan to solve their goalscoring problems?

Sheffield Wednesday

Sheffield Wednesday should consider the possibility of signing West Ham United's Carlton Cole on loan.

Just a brief glance at the Championship table will give an idea of where Sheffield Wednesday's problems lie.

The Owls are currently occupying a mid-table spot, although they are falling at an alarming rate due to some poor form, but their deficiency is obvious. 

Wednesday have scored just 12 goals in their 17 games so far, which is worse than every other club in the division, with the exception of the doomed Blackpool. 

It has undone much of their good form defensively and it means they are struggling to pick up enough points to move up the table. 

The Owls actually made a good start to the season, but their form has dropped off since and they are now winless in ten games across all competitions. 

The pressure is starting to rise on manager Stuart Gray and unless he can start offering them more threat going forward then their problems are likely to persist. 

Gray has already acted by bringing in Gary Taylor-Fletcher on loan from Leicester City, but he may also want to consider the possibility of more temporary fixes to fire in the goals needed.

One of these could come in the form of Carlton Cole, who has fallen out of favour at West Ham United.

The centre-forward is way down the pecking order at the Boleyn Ground and he is likely to find his chances of first-team action even more limited now Andy Carroll  has returned to fitness.

Gray likes to play with a 'big-man, little-man' combination up-front and having someone of Cole's experience alongside Stevie May could benefit the team. 

The 31-year-old already has two goals to his name at the top-level this season and he would surely pose more of a threat than Atdhe Nuhiu, the man he would likely replace in the Owls' starting line-up, currently is. 

The only issue could be over his wage-demands, but with his chances limited in London, Cole may be keen on a move and a switch to Hillsborough should be considered a possibility. 

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