It has been a roller-coaster of a year to be a Sheffield Wednesday fan, hasn’t it?
After witnessing their side experience a dismal start to the season under Jos Luhukay, it would have been understandable if some of the Hillsborough faithful were beginning to fear whether the Owls had enough quality to avoid a relegation battle in the Championship.
Having slipped to 18th in the league standings in December, it was clear that something needed to change at Wednesday and so chairman Dejphon Chansiri decided to replace Luhukay with Steve Bruce in a move which turned out be somewhat of a masterstroke.
By steadying the ship in South Yorkshire, the 58-year-old gave his players the freedom to express themselves which in turn led to the Owls going on an 11-game unbeaten run in the second tier.
Although Wednesday would eventually lose three of their last six games of the year, the positive signs shown since Bruce’s arrival suggests that if he can bolster his squad sufficiently in the summer, there is no reason why the club cannot launch a sustained push for promotion next year.
If the Owls are to be successful in the 2019/20 campaign, it is imperative that they do everything they can to convince Michael Hector to join on a permanent deal from Chelsea when the transfer window opens in July.
According to Birmingham Mail journalist Michael Morgan, Wednesday are reportedly willing to offer £3m for the Jamaican international to try to extend his stay at Hillsborough.
Voted their Player of the Year (via Wednesday’s official website) for his outstanding performances in the Championship, Hector returned to Stamford Bridge earlier this week following the expiry of his loan deal.
Despite being a supremely talented defender, the 26-year-old may benefit from calling time on his career with the Blues as with the likes of David Luiz, Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen all ahead of him in the pecking order, it is extremely unlikely that he will feature for the club next season.
Therefore, for the sake of his career, Hector should consider a switch to Wednesday as under the guidance of Bruce, he could develop into a fantastic player.
What do you think Owls fans? Should Bruce go all-out to sign Hector in the summer? How impressed were you with the Jamaican’s contributions during the 2018/19 campaign? Let us know below.
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