Sheffield Wednesday have been struggling this season as they continue to push for the play-offs, with a number of players currently underperforming and probably due an exit from Hillsborough in the summer.
The Owls have been chasing Premier League football ever since Dejphon Chansiri took over the club and different seasons have seen them get much closer than others, with the 2015/16 season their closest to date, as they narrowly missed out in the play-off final.
Since then, it’s been a slippery slope further away from clinching top-flight status, with this season showing a lot more warning signs for the future than previous campaigns.
A number of first-team players have been underperforming at Hillsborough this term and a lot of those players are currently seeing their contracts wind down towards expiry in the summer.
There is a big question about who will keep their place in the Wednesday squad beyond this season and who would be more suited to moving elsewhere to get the most out of their abilities.
Some players will certainly leave in the summer, so here are two who we believe would be better suited to playing their football elsewhere…
Having signed on a free transfer in the summer from Brentford, Odubajo came in as quite a solid squad member for the Owls, joining up with Steve Bruce for the second time after he signed him for Hull City back in 2015.
Having been part of more free-flowing attacking sides, Odubajo has struggled to come into Garry Monk’s very rigid defensive setup that has been a bedrock for many solid results that he’s got this season, but not so much in recent months.
When the right-back has come in, he has struggled to live up to the expectation of what Monk wants from his defenders, performing well below the level of other right-backs Liam Palmer and Dominic Iorfa this season.
It’s clear that Odubajo’s performances come better when he has less pressure put on his defensive capabilities and he would probably be more suited to a team where he can showcase his attacking abilities more.
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Since joining from Barnsley, Winnall hasn’t been able to capture the form that made him so highly sought-after when he was at Oakwell.
The striker came to Hillsborough and struggled to hit the ground running, with just five league goals to his name since joining the Owls.
However, what has proven his ability to prove himself in a different setup is when he was loaned out to Derby County in the 2017/18 season, where he made just 17 league appearances but managed to score more league goals in that one spell than he has done throughout his time at S6.
Winnall is yet another player who is out of contract in the summer and will probably be looking elsewhere to get back to his best.