Having steadied the ship at Sheffield Wednesday since taking over at the club in January, Steve Bruce will undoubtedly be wanting to bolster his squad over the summer ahead of what will be his first full season in charge.
Although it is clear that the Owls need to strengthen in a number of positions when the transfer window opens in July, the former Aston Villa boss should be prioritising his defence above everything else.
With Michael Hector due to return to Chelsea when his loan deal expires later this month, Wednesday will surely (Bruce has previously spoken about this via BBC Sport back in April) be hoping to complete a permanent move for the Jamaican after he produced a stunning campaign at Hillsborough.
Yet given the nature of his performances in the second tier, the Yorkshire-based outfit may have to fight off competition from elsewhere to secure the £2.7m-rated ace’s (via Transfermarkt) services. Indeed, Fulham were linked with a move in the Sun earlier this month.
Although Bruce will be confident that he can convince Hector to move to Wednesday having played a major role in aiding the defender’s development over the past five months, he should have no complaints if the 26-year-old ends up rejecting an approach.
Clearly capable of thriving in the top-flight, it could be argued that the Chelsea ace is already too good to be spending another year in the Championship and therefore by agreeing to a switch to the Owls, he could be risking taking a backwards step in his career.
If Wednesday do indeed miss out on Hector, they will need to be prepared to find a suitable alternative for the defender as if they are not, they may end up struggling to compete in the second tier next season.
What do you think Owls fans? Are you confident that Bruce can secure a permanent deal for Hector this summer? How impressed were you with the defender’s contributions during the 2018/19 campaign? Let us know below.
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