With Sheffield Wednesday needing a miracle to gatecrash the play-off positions in their final two fixtures of the season, it is looking extremely likely that Steve Bruce’s side will be playing in the Championship once again next year.
Since the former Aston Villa boss arrived at Hillsborough in January, the Owls have transformed into a completely different side with one player, in particular, showing a superb turn-around in form.
Having experienced a tough start to the current campaign, Liam Palmer has benefited massively by the club’s switch in management from Jos Luhukay to Bruce and is arguably playing some of the best football of his Wednesday career to date.
If he continues to produce the kind of performances which has helped his side keep 10 clean sheets in their last 17 games, there is no reason why he should not be offered a new deal by the Owls.
With his current contract set to expire in June (via Transfermarkt), the Scotland international’s future is still up in the air yet when you consider just how much he has improved in recent months, it would be a huge shock if Bruce decides to let him leave the club.
Although it is clear that the 58-year-old will be wanting to build his own squad heading into next season, it is extremely unlikely that he will be able to bring in a full-back who has a better pedigree than Palmer without spending a significant amount of money.
It would therefore be more cost-efficient to sign the 27-year-old up as Bruce could use the summer transfer budget on making crucial improvements to the areas of his team which need improving. If he does indeed allow Palmer to extend his stay at Hillsborough, the full-back could help Wednesday launch a sustained push for automatic promotion next season.
What do you think Owls fans? Should Palmer be offered a new deal in the summer? Or is it time to cut-ties with the defender? Let us know below.
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