It has been quite a start for Steve Bruce at Sheffield Wednesday.
After experiencing a dismal start to the season in charge of Aston Villa which eventually culminated in him being sacked in October, the 58-year-old must have questioned just when he would be able to make his managerial comeback.
Yet following the Owls’ sacking of Jos Luhukay in December, Bruce was chosen as the man to take over at Hillsborough by chairman Dejphon Chansiri, a decision which has seemingly paid off if recent results are anything to go by.
Since his first game in charge of the club at the start of February, Wednesday have experienced a resurgence in form in the Championship and are currently 10 games unbeaten. In what must have been seen by the club’s supporters as an implausible dream just three months ago, a top six finish this season is now a realistic possibility.
However, it can be argued that promotion this season for the club could come too early for Bruce’s side. Indeed, there is no denying that Premier League football would benefit the Owls financially but it could lure them into a summer of overspending, especially when you consider that their squad at the moment may not be good enough for the top tier.
Whereas purchasing players at premium rates used to almost always guarantee success, nowadays it comes with a risk of not paying off at all. Fulham’s promotion via the play-offs last season saw them spend £105.3m (via Sky Sports) on a number of imports who have failed to adapt to the Premier League which has resulted in them experiencing a terrible top-flight campaign.
Wednesday therefore would benefit from another season in the Championship as not only would it prevent them splurging extorniate amounts on players but it would also allow Bruce’s side more time to embrace their manager’s ideas, meaning that if they achieve promotion next season, they will be more suited to life in the top tier of English football.
What do you think Wednesday fans? Do you think that your club is ready to make the step up to the Premier League this season? Or would they benefit from another season in the Championship under the guidance of Bruce. Let us know below?
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