After leading Sheffield Wednesday to a 12th place finish in the Championship earlier this month, Steve Bruce will be hoping to launch a sustained push for promotion next season in what will be his first full campaign in charge at Hillsborough.
Yet in order to manoeuvre the Owls into a position where they can achieve this goal, it is clear that the 58-year-old will have to make a number of additions to his squad this summer.
With George Boyd and Marco Matias scheduled to leave the club next month having not been offered new contracts by Bruce, it is of little surprise that Wednesday have been linked with one of Dutch football’s most exciting young talents.
According to the Sunday Mirror (as quoted by HITC), the Owls are reportedly interested in signing Sheraldo Becker from ADO Den Haag who has yet to agree to a new deal with the Eredivisie side and therefore will be available on a free transfer in July.
A fantastic player, the 24-year-old could prove to be the perfect fit for Wednesday yet in order to secure his services, they may have to fight off interest from the likes of Leeds United and Middlesbrough.
Keeping this rumour in mind, let’s compare Becker with one of the Owls’ current wingers…
A graduate of Ajax’s famed youth academy, Becker has taken his game to new heights this year for ADO Den Haag by making a marked improvement to the standard of his end product.
Whereas the £720k-rated ace (via Transfermarkt) was only involved in nine goals in all competitions last season, he managed to find the back of the net on eight occasions during the 2018/19 campaign whilst also providing 10 assists for his team-mates.
Possessing all the attributes needed to succeed in the Championship, Becker could become a Hillsborough hero in the future if the Owls can convince him to make the switch this summer.
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Since joining Wednesday from Middlesbrough in 2016, Adam Reach has established himself as a mainstay in the club’s starting eleven.
One of the Owls’ stand-out performers in what was a disappointing campaign in the Championship, the winger was directly involved in 15 goals for his side and is undoubtedly capable of leading them to success next season.
However, it could be argued that in order to maintain a regular place in Bruce’s side, the winger will need to improve his consistency as he does have a tendency to drift in and out of games.
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Although Adam Reach is undoubtedly playing the best football of his career to date for the Owls, it is clear that Steve Bruce should do everything he possibly can to bring in Sheraldo Becker this summer.
With the world at his feet, the Dutchman could turn out to be the missing piece of the jigsaw which propels Wednesday into contention for promotion next season.
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