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Sheffield Wednesday: Steve Bruce must convince Keiren Westwood to stay in the summer

Sheffield Wednesday: Steve Bruce must convince Keiren Westwood to stay in the summer

It has been quite a turnaround for Keiren Westwood at Sheffield Wednesday this season.

The Republic of Ireland international was demoted to third choice behind both Cameron Dawson and Joe Wildsmith by former Owls boss Jos Luhukay before being brought back into the fray by Steve Bruce who took over at Hillsborough in January.

Since the 58-year-old’s arrival at Wednesday, Westwood has regained his spot as the club’s starting goalkeeper and has demonstrated a superb run of form. In the 11 fixtures that Bruce has been manager for the Owls, the former Coventry City shot-stopper has kept seven clean sheets with his latest coming at the bet365 stadium against Stoke City.

In what was an eventful game for Westwood, he almost single-handedly earned his side a draw which extended their unbeaten run to 12 games in the Championship and kept their dreams of finishing in a play-off position alive.

With the 34-year-old still producing on a consistent basis for the Owls, Bruce simply has to offer him a new contract in the summer, even if it is just for one more season. According to Transfermarkt, Westwood’s current deal runs out in June and so a decision on his future will have to be made over the next two months by the Yorkshire-based side.

Although it can be argued that it would be a risk to hand a new deal to a player who is in the twilight of his career, in this particular case it shouldn’t even be a factor in Bruce’s decision making.

Westwood brings a wealth of experience to Wednesday which allows the club’s defenders to have confidence in his ability whilst he could also play a role in helping to nurture the talents of his fellow goalkeepers. Regardless of what division they find themselves in next season, the Owls will be better off with him than without, as illustrated by their results during the 2018/19 campaign.

What do you think Wednesday fans? Should Bruce offer Westwood a new contract? Or is time for the club to focus on bringing through other options next season? Let us know below.

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