Changes are afoot at Sheffield Wednesday. A host of new players are in line for when the transfer market reopens next month as part of Darren Moore’s major summer overhaul.
Moore has already made some tough decisions after their League One play-off loss to Sunderland. The Owls will say goodbye affectionately to Sam Hutchinson, Chey Dunkley and Saido Berahino when their contracts expire at the end of June.
With the seven-player game on loan, Moore faces a huge task to rebuild a skeleton squad. All departments of the team must be strengthened by Wednesday to challenge the top end of the division again.
While much of the focus will be on new additions, there are a number of players who could leave Hillsborough. Yorkshire Live have taken a closer look at the potential costs.
The goalkeeper was a revelation on loan at Exeter City last season, amassing an impressive 19 clean sheets in 50 appearances to help them secure automatic promotion. Dawson only missed one league match as the Greeks finished second in League Two.
But did Dawson do enough to persuade Moore to give him a shot at the No. 1 jersey for next season? The job is up for grabs as Bailey Peacock-Farrell returned to Burnley.
However, what happens if Joe Wildsmith signs a new deal? Where would that leave Dawson? Not 1? not 2?
Sheffield Wednesday is Dawson’s club, but he may have no choice but to move on if they can’t guarantee him regular first-team football. Sitting on the bench isn’t something Dawson would like in the slightest after the best season of his career.
Given that the 26-year-old still has two more years left on his contract with the Owls, it might be easier said than done to get him off the salary bill. It could be that another loan is the best offer.
This one might seem like a bit of a stretch right now, but hear me out.
Wednesday’s recruiting team is hard at work trying to identify potential new signings. Two or three center halves are an absolute must for owls.
Assuming Moore is successful in bringing in the players he wants, Brennan is likely to fall down the pecking order and fight for playing time. The 22-year-old is a promising player, but he is not the finished article.
Brennan never let Wednesday down when he was called up last year. He was a constant actor.
But if he’s not going to be the third- or fourth-choice center, Brennan might be better off going out on loan again to speed up his football education.
The 21-year-old will be desperate to prove a point when the players return for pre-season training next month after two contrasting loan spells at Grimsby Town and Oldham Athletic. Hunt has only featured once since Moore’s appointment, coming on as a late second-half substitute against Middlesbrough in April 2021.
Regardless of whether or not Massimo Luongo signs a contract extension, it’s hard to watch Hunt with much attention. Barry Bannan, George Byers, Dennis Adeniran and Fisayo Dele-Bashiru are all ahead of Hunt in the queue for a starting spot. in midfield
Like Dawson and Brennan, it wouldn’t be too much of a surprise to see Hunt on loan next season.
Will he stay or will he go? Losing Luongo would be a great loss.
The Australian international is the ‘destroyer’ of Wednesday’s midfield. His energetic and aggressive style of play has won over most Owls fans. He does the ugly side of the game very well.
Luongo is their general midfielder and gives George Byers and Barry Bannan the license to play higher up the pitch. “The [Mass] He’s been brilliant,” Bannan said. “He’s been a big part of this and when he plays he makes my life a lot easier because I can go out there and do the things I enjoy doing and he can do the things he says he doesn’t.” He doesn’t like to do it, but he does it because he does it every week.”
There have been rumors that Luongo could return to Australia. He is a top player and he will not be short of options this summer. However, trying to effectively replace Luongo would be no easy task.
The wide man is in a similar position to Luongo and has been offered a new contract, but is considering his options. Méndez-Laing only showed in fits and starts what he was capable of during the 2021/22 season.
Despite form and fitness issues, Méndez-Laing scored two goals and claimed two assists in 19 appearances. Not bad, but not great either.
On Wednesday he plans to beef up his wing options after falling agonizingly short of League One glory. While Mendez-Laing would be a useful option to have at his disposal, there’s no guarantee he’ll stay in S6.
Atlético Talleres of the Argentine First Division wants the striker. Wednesday I don’t want to sell.
As things stand, Talleres has not yet submitted a formal offer for Windass. Representatives for the 28-year-old are reportedly in South America to discuss a possible transfer.
Wednesday chairman Dejphon Chansiri did not rule out selling players in the transfer window if the price is right. “If we get offers from players that we can’t refuse and we think we can replace them, then we’ll make a decision,” he said. “If we don’t get good offers or we don’t think we can do better, then we have to weigh things up.”
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