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163 Sheffield Wednesday appearances: A closer look at fan favourite’s time at Hillsborough

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Sheffield Wednesday have confirmed goalkeeper Keiren Westwood has signed a new two-year deal to keep him at Hillsborough until 2021.

The 34-year-old regained his place in the side under Steve Bruce in the second half of last season, as he made 21 appearances and kept 11 clean sheets as the Owls secured a 12th-placed finish.

The Republic of Ireland international has now agreed terms on a fresh deal at the club after his previous contract expired at the end of last season.

Westwood’s new deal will see him extend his stay at the South Yorkshire club to seven years, after he first joined the club from Sunderland in 2014.

Here, we take a close look at his record for the Owls since that move:

Westwood has spent the majority of his five years at the club as first-choice goalkeeper, which has seen him make 163 appearances for the Hillsborough outfit. In those matches, Westwood has conceded 151 goals which is less than one goal per game.

The Republic of Ireland international’s biggest strength is his shot-stopping ability, and he has kept 61 clean sheets during his time at the club. Over one sixth of these came in the second half of last season, with Westwood’s impressive record a pivotal factor during Wednesday’s resurgence under Bruce.

In terms of distribution, Westwood has made an average of 31.2 passes and 9.2 long balls per game. He has recorded a 44.1% pass success rate with these, which indicates passing is not one of the strongest aspects of his game.

However, Bruce will knows that shot stopping is where Westwood is at his best. Therefore, I would expect the Owls’ boss to play to Westwood’s strengths next season by encouraging long balls forward, rather than playing out from the back.

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