It has been a roller-coaster of a year at Sheffield Wednesday, hasn’t it?
After suffering a dreadful start to the 2018/19 campaign under then-boss Jos Luhukay, the Owls were at risk of being dragged into a relegation battle before Dejphon Chansiri decided to sack the 55-year-old and replace him with Steve Bruce.
Taking over in February, the former Aston Villa manager led his side on an unbeaten run of 11 games which had some supporters dreaming of gatecrashing the play-off positions in the Championship. Yet a mixed end to the season resulted in the Hillsborough faithful having to settle for a 12th place finish earlier this month.
With expectancy understandably high ahead of the upcoming campaign, it is vital that Bruce gets his recruitment spot on over the coming months as if he doesn’t, the Owls could struggle to compete in what is arguably the toughest league in the world.
Having already been linked with a move for several players over the past few weeks, Wednesday may have dodged a bullet by missing out on one of the most inconsistent players in the second tier.
According to The Star, the Owls were reportedly interested in signing Wigan Athletic midfielder Nick Powell but were put off by the player’s wage demands and thus pulled out of the race to sign him.
Out of contract this summer, the £3.15m-rated ace (via Transfermarkt) is undeniably a fantastic player on his day yet his troubles with committing totally to his sport has seen him fail to live up to the potential that he had whilst at Manchester United.
Although he has made a marked improvement to his game since the arrival of Paul Cook as Wigan’s manager in 2017, Powell’s continuous problems with injuries during his career has limited his development and therefore by bringing him, Wednesday would have been taking a huge risk.
Even though Bruce will be disappointed about missing out on the midfielder at the moment, by using the funds available to him in the summer to bring in a more trust-worthy player, the Owls boss will soon forget about this particular saga.
What do you think Wednesday fans? Have you dodged a bullet by not signing Powell? Who would you like your side to bring in this summer? Let us know below.
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