Sean Clare's January return could save Sheffield Wednesday a fortune

Sheffield Wednesday Chairman Dejphon Chansiri speaks to Carlos Carvalhal, Manager of Sheffield Wednesday prior to the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Semi Final 1st leg match between...

The Sheffield Wednesday prospect is enjoying regular game time at Gillingham.

Carlos Carvalhal manager of Sheffield Wednesday looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bolton Wanderers and Sheffield Wednesday at Macron Stadium on October 14, 2017 in...

Sheffield Wednesday's failure to add pace to their side - particularly in midfield - has arguably cost them a few extra points this season.

Matters worsened shortly after the August transfer deadline, when Fernando Forestieri - one of the few Owls players who possesses any - was ruled out until January [at least].

That estimate is perhaps slightly optimistic, however, and it would be some surprise if Wednesday don't seek to address the issue when the window reopens, as they seek to claw back some of those points lost.

Alternatively, they could take a risk on a player already in their ranks, albeit away from Hillsborough on loan until the New Year.

Sean Clare of Gillingham celebrates scoring during the Sky Bet League One match between A.F.C. Wimbledon and Gillingham at The Cherry Red Records Stadium on September 12, 2017 in Kingston...

From the outside, it may appear as though Sean Clare has hardly been tearing up trees at Gillingham.

However, Gills fans continue to be impressed by Clare's displays, despite the versatile midfielder being pushed to right-back in recent weeks.

That the 20-year-old, signed by Wednesday from the Nike academy in early 2016, has only missed one of 13 league games for his temporary employers suggests he's doing quite alright indeed.

A Dele Alli like player - athletic, attack-minded and technically gifted - Clare above all possesses the pace his parent club are craving so dearly.

Dele Alli of Tottenham during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and AFC Bournemouth at Wembley Stadium on October 14, 2017 in London, England.

Wednesday certainly aren't short in Clare's natural position - through the middle, or sometimes tucked behind the front man - but their shortage of right-wing outlets could open the door to Clare upon his return.

For a club left with little wiggle room by the Football League's financial fair play rules, one would like to think it's an option that could be considered by the Owls' powers that be.

Though whether Carlos Carvalhal - who has only truly blooded one academy product throughout his time at Hillsborough - would be brave enough to try it, in his oft scrutinised position, well that remains to be seen.

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