Sheffield Wednesday have had an inconsistent season and that may be what prompted Garry Monk’s aim to freshen up the playing personnel at the club currently.
As part of that plan, two arrivals came through the doors on deadline day in Connor Wickham and Josh Windass, while there are also signs that some players may be heading towards the end of their time at Hillsborough. According to Sheffield Star journalist Dom Howson, one such individual is Sam Hutchinson.
The midfielder may be a long-time servant in South Yorkshire with 154 Wednesday appearances and has played 24 times under Monk, but with his contract set to expire in the summer, there are questions about his future.
Throughout his spell with the Owls, Hutchinson has been plagued by injury and disciplinary issues, enduring a two-game ban this season for picking up 10 yellow cards. Recently the 30-year-old has seen his role reduced, too, translating into his omission from the matchday squad against Millwall, with academy graduate Alex Hunt making the bench ahead of him.
That suggests that he has fallen out of favour with Monk, as does the fact that he hasn’t started for Wednesday since the 1-0 defeat to Hull at the beginning of January. Having played for the club since 2013, Hutchinson fits the description that Monk refers to when he talks about freshening things up, as the former Swansea boss may be determined to bring in players who have a point to prove and are eager to impress as a result.
If this is indeed the first sign that Hutchinson’s Sheffield Wednesday career is coming to an end then it is a sad way for things to conclude.
After all, the former Chelsea man has been an important player for the club in the last few years, as evidenced by the fact he made 30 and 34 appearances in 2015/16 and 2016/17, two seasons in which the Owls made the play-offs.
More importantly, a return of 2.5 tackles, 1.6 interceptions and 80% pass accuracy, as per WhoScored, shows he is a more than capable Championship midfielder and could be missed by the Owls if he departed given they are amongst the highest averages in the squad.
So, Sheffield Wednesday fans, is Monk making the wrong call by freezing out Hutchinson, and should he be given a new contract? Share your thoughts below…
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