It has been a roller-coaster of a year at Sheffield Wednesday, hasn’t it Owls fans?
After a dismal start to the 2018/19 campaign under Jos Luhukay which saw the club edge perilously close to being dragged into a relegation battle, chairman Dejphon Chansiri’s decision to replace the Portuguese manager with Steve Bruce proved to be a masterstroke.
Since taking charge of his first game in February, the 58-year-old has had an incredible impact on the Owls’ fortunes as an eleven game unbeaten run saw them threaten to gatecrash the play-off party in April.
Although they would have to eventually settle for a 12th place finish in the Championship following a mixed end to the year, it is clear that with Bruce at the helm, Wednesday are heading in the right direction.
Yet in order for the club to launch a sustained push for promotion next year, they must address their attacking issues this summer.
Despite having a whole host of forwards to choose from at Hillsborough, it could be argued that Bruce doesn’t have a player who is capable of reaching the 20-goal a season mark and so he should consider spending big on a proper number nine in the transfer market.
Whereas Fernando Forestieri is better suited to the second striker role, both Steven Fletcher and Lucas Joao are far too injury prone to lead the line on a consistent basis for the Owls.
When you factor in Jordan Rhodes’ underwhelming loan campaign at Norwich City in which he only scored six second-tier goals for the Canaries, it is obvious that something has to change for Wednesday over the coming months.
By offloading one or two of their misfiring forwards, the Owls could bring in a player who has a track-record of performing in the Championship, such as Dwight Gayle for example.
A fantastic finisher, the 28-year-old managed to fire in 23 goals whilst on loan at West Bromwich Albion last season and could be the ideal target for Wednesday.
What do you think Owls fans? Should Bruce be aiming to add to his striking options this summer? Or is there other areas which he needs to be prioritising in the transfer window? Let us know below.
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