After leading Sheffield Wednesday to a 12th place finish in the Championship in the 2018/19 campaign, the real work starts now for Steve Bruce in his quest to build a team capable of launching a sustained push for automatic promotion next season.
Having made the decision to release George Boyd, Gary Hooper, Almen Abdi, David Jones, Daniel Pudil and Marco Matias earlier this week, the 58-year-old will be looking to strengthen his squad in a number of different positions this summer with the defence arguably needing the most work.
Although Michael Hector enjoyed an utterly exceptional year at centre-back for the Owls, there is no guarantee that he will be able to make a permanent switch to Hillsborough when his loan deal from Chelsea expires later this month (via Transfermarkt).
If Wednesday cannot agree a transfer fee with the Blues for the Jamaican international, they could benefit from switching their attention to securing a move for one of the brightest young prospects in League One.
According to the Coventry Telegraph, the Owls are one of a number of clubs who are keeping tabs on Coventry City defender Jordan Willis whose current deal at the Ricoh Arena runs out in June.
An outstandingly talented player, the 24-year-old has made over 200 appearances for the Sky Blues since making his debut in 2011 and has benefited considerably from the guidance given by Mark Robins in the last two years.
Clearly capable of making the step up in level to the Championship, Willis could turn out to be a fantastic replacement for Hector as he has all the ingredients needed to become an accomplished defender over the coming years.
However, if the Owls are indeed considering a swoop for the Coventry ace in the summer, they must act fast in order to beat the likes of Portsmouth, Luton Town and Derby County to his signature.
What do you think Wednesday fans? Should Bruce go all-out to try and sign Willis? Or is it more important that the 58-year-old targets a permanent move for Hector instead? Let us know below.
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