The Derby Telegraph have reported that Robert Huth recently turned out for Stoke in a pre-season friendly, increasing speculation that he is set to sign for the Potters.
The former Germany international spent 6 six seasons at the Britannia, prior to a move to Leicester City where he was a key part of the Foxes side which won a remarkable Premier League title in the 2015/16 season. That was the third English title triumph of Huth’s career, following two successes in his Chelsea days.
Now, at 33, the Championship appears to be Huth’s next destination. Several second tier sides have been linked with him, but Stoke look to be closest to securing the 6’3” man’s services.
Until a contract is signed though, Huth remains a free agent. Sheffield Wednesday may want to consider making a concerted effort to land him on a free transfer before it’s too late.
Jos Luhukay has to add strength in depth to his squad this summer if he has genuine hopes of making Wednesday promotion contenders.
As things stand, only 2 recognised centre-backs remain on the books at Hillsborough following the release of Glenn Loovens and the expiry of Frederico Venancio’s loan deal.
Numbers are needed, which the addition of Robert Huth would help to provide, but experience is also vital in a successful squad and the German has bags of that. He has experience of winning titles too, and when the going gets tough at the top end of the table, having people who’ve been there before and know how to stand the pressure can be of great benefit to the team as a whole.
Bringing Huth in wouldn’t be enough to signal the end of Wednesday’s defensive business, but it’d be a step in the right direction, and one that would preserve the Owls’ precious transfer budget.