Exclusive: Ex-Sheffield Wednesday midfielder backs decision to let Westwood go
A lot of Sheffield Wednesday players were living off past reputations, including Keiren Westwood, claims ex-Owls midfielder Carlton Palmer.
Westwood was one of 10 players the Yorkshire club announced would be leaving Hillsborough before the start of next season.
The likes of Westwood and Jordan Rhodes, who has since agreed to join Huddersfield Town on a free transfer, are out of contract and have not been offered new deals.
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Ultimately, for Palmer, the decision to allow Westwood to leave is the correct one, with the ex-England international feeling that the goalkeeper and some of his team-mates have rested on their laurels.
In an exclusive interview with TT, Palmer said:
“Darren [Moore] would have assessed it. I think there are a lot of players who have been at the club now for quite a while living off past reputations and resting on their laurels, and Keiren’s certainly one of them.
“He’s definitely been a good servant to the club, but I believe it’s time for him to move on.
“Even with all those off-field problems that they had, that squad of Sheffield Wednesday players should not have got relegated.”
After making just under 200 appearances for Wednesday, Westwood was indeed a good servant to the League One outfit.
However, given everything that has happened this season, a fresh start for the 36-year-old and some of the Owls’ other players will probably benefit everyone – hitting the reset button may be what the club needs right now.