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Sheffield Wednesday: Bruce must do everything he can to convince Westwood to stay

Sheffield Wednesday: Bruce must do everything he can to convince Westwood to stay - Championship

It has been a roller-coaster of a year to be a Sheffield Wednesday supporter, hasn’t it?

After suffering a dismal start to the 2018/19 campaign under the guidance of Jos Luhukay, it was looking increasingly likely that the Owls would be dragged into a relegation battle if the Portuguese manager had been allowed to stay at Hillsborough.

Therefore, chairman Dejphon Chansiri’s decision to sack the former Stuttgart boss following a 2-1 defeat to Swansea City last December proved to be the correct call. In need of an experienced replacement to help steady the ship for Wednesday, the Thai businessman appointed Steve Bruce in January.

Upon his arrival in South Yorkshire, the 58-year-old made the crucial choice to hand goalkeeping duties to Keiren Westwood.

With the Republic of Ireland international back in the side, the Owls went on an impressive run of 12 games without a defeat in which they conceded just six goals in the Championship.

Although Wednesday would go on to see their brief hopes of reaching the play-offs ended by losses to Aston Villa and Leeds United, Westwood’s individual performances in these particular clashes outlined just why Bruce should do everything he can to keep the keeper at the club this summer.

With the 34-year-old’s current deal at the club set to expire next month, the fact that the Owls have yet to agree new terms with the ace will be concerning for their supporters, especially when you consider that there are reports of interest from elsewhere.

According to Football Insider, Huddersfield Town have started preparations for their return to the Championship by tabling an offer to sign Westwood on a free transfer when the window opens in July.

If this is indeed the case, it is clear that Wednesday must match the Terriers offer as a failure to do so could be disastrous.

Whereas tying Westwood down to a new deal could allow the Owls to launch a sustained bid for automatic promotion next year, by letting him go they could struggle to find a sufficient replacement for a player who has been fantastic since joining on a free transfer from Sunderland in 2014 (via Transfermarkt).

What do you think Wednesday fans? Should Bruce go all-out to ensure that Westwood doesn’t leave in the summer? Or is it time for the former Villa boss to cut ties with the keeper? Get in touch below.

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