Around Christmas time Sheffield Wednesday looked like one of the Championship clubs that would be aiming for at least a play-off place this term.
Unfortunately for the Owls, a worrying run of recent form over the New Year and into February has made it more likely that the club will end around the mid-table mark, condemning them to a 21st consecutive season outside the top flight.
Wednesday do currently have an ageing squad, with a research by the Sheffield Star in August suggesting their starting XI in the opening weeks of the season had an average age of 28.
With that in mind, it wouldn’t be surprising if some Wednesday fans were to hope that their side strengthened in the coming summer, as they look to end a long wait for Premier League football.
Here we take a look at two potential scenarios that the Owls could face transfer wise this summer…
A number of veteran players could leave the club
Wednesday have a large number of first-team players out of the contract this summer, including veteran Wednesday first-team players such as Fernando Forestieri, Kieran Lee and Jordan Rhodes all yet to sign deals beyond this summer.
As well as the trio above, strikers Sam Winnall and Atdhe Nuhiu, and defender Sam Hutchinson are all currently on contracts at Hillsborough that are set to expire at the end of this season.
Should none of these players manage to secure a new deal at the Owls, it could mean a big change in playing personal at the club with many of the players who are out of contract being at Hillsborough for some time.
These potential departures could free up some wages for Wednesday to bring in new and fresher faces to the club for the 2020-2021 season.
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Time to move on for their long-serving goalkeeper?
35-year-old Keiren Westwood joined the Owls back in 2014 and has been a great servant for the club ever since.
The former Coventry man played crucial parts in the Owls’ teams that made the Championship play-offs in 2016 and 2017, keeping 15 clean sheets for the club in the latter of the two seasons.
Westwood appears to have fallen out of favour under Garry Monk and if this is to continue until the end of the season, the veteran stopper may look elsewhere following the conclusion of the season.
Although the 35-year-old still has a year left on his Hillsborough contract, it wouldn’t be surprising if a number of Championship clubs look to Westwood this summer.