It has been a roller-coaster of a year for Keiren Westwood at Sheffield Wednesday, hasn’t it?
The Owls goalkeeper began the 2018/19 campaign as an understudy for Cameron Dawson and looked destined to leave Hillsborough after Jos Luhukay made it clear that he wasn’t part of his long-term plans.
However, following Dejphon Chansiri’s decision to sack the Portuguese manager in December following a string of poor results in the Championship, Westwood was brought into the side for their games against Preston North End and Middlesbrough by caretaker boss Lee Bullen.
Knowing that this was his opportunity to shine, the former Coventry City shot-stopper produced two fantastic performances which allowed him to reclaim a starting spot for the Owls for the rest of the season.
Following Steve Bruce’s appointment in January, Westwood took his game to new heights by keeping eight clean sheets in 15 games.
Yet despite playing a prominent role in the club’s 12-match unbeaten run which spanned over a period of three months in the second tier, it could be argued that his sparkling display in a 1-0 defeat to Leeds United was his most impressive outing for Wednesday.
Without the £675k-rated ace’s (via Transfermarkt) masterclass at Elland Road that day, it would not have been at all surprising if the Owls had conceded four or five. This performance alone should have forced Bruce to negotiate a lucrative new deal with Westwood.
However, according to a report on Page 51 of today’s print edition of The Sun (as quoted by The 72), the Republic of Ireland international is reportedly unhappy with Wednesday’s current offer and could be willing to leave the club in the summer on a free transfer.
Considering just how important Westwood has been for the Owls in recent months, Bruce must meet his demands as if he doesn’t, he could risk another season of mediocrity in South Yorkshire.
What do think Wednesday fans? How important is it for your club to convince Westwood to stay this summer? Could Bruce achieve success without the 34-year-old next season? Get in touch below.
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