Sheffield Wednesday have endured a turbulent campaign in the Championship, but they gave themselves a glimmer of hope of survival with their 5-0 thrashing of Cardiff City on Monday.
The Owls looked a completely different side to the one we have witnessed throughout most of the campaign, but it perhaps showed the difference that Darren Moore is starting to make for the Owls. Even so, it will still take a major run of form for them to get out of trouble at this stage and claw back the seven points gap between themselves and safety.
Were the Owls to get relegated to League One it would signal a massive summer for the football club, with one or two high earners potentially having to move on. There will also need to be players brought into the club to help Moore turn things around. Although that will not be helped by them facing a potential transfer embargo, Yorkshire Live have suggested though that there is confidence that it can be lifted.
With the summer transfer window in mind, we have taken a look at TWO potential Sheffield Wednesday academy prospects that could save the club some money on new signings…
One player that could save Sheffield Wednesday some money in the transfer market in the summer is defender Ciaran Brennan, who has been able to make an impression around the first-team at Hillsborough throughout the course of the campaign. He made four appearances in total in the cup competitions and also forcing his way into their matchday squad in the league on numerous occasions.
Brennan has not seen his first-team chances harmed by Moore taking over as manager, and he has been named in the matchday squads for the win against Barnsley and also the 5-0 thrashing of Cardiff on Friday. That demonstrates that the 20-year-old is someone that could be seen as part of the first-team picture for next season, if he indeed does remain at Hillsborough.
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The defender’s contract is set to run down in the summer, but according to the Sheffield Star, Sheffield Wednesday do have the option to extend his contract by a further year and have until May to make a decision on that. Given Moore has had him in and around the squad so far during his tenure, you would imagine he could want to save money on signings in the summer by keeping him.
Another potential Sheffield Wednesday prospect that could save the club a lot of money in the summer is Alex Hunt, with the midfielder potentially finally ready to be handed a chance to have a run in the side after threatening a breakthrough since last season. The 20-year-old made six Championship appearances last term and also stood out in the FA Cup tie against Manchester City.
However, Hunt has been limited to just two appearances in the league this time around, both of which came in the first half of the campaign against Brentford and Nottingham Forest. The midfielder has been involved in most of Moore’s matchday squads since he took over, although he was left off the bench for the 5-0 thrashing of Cardiff on Monday.
Hunt is set to be out of contract in the summer, but like with Brennan, the Owls have the option to extend his deal by another year according to the Sheffield Star. If Sheffield Wednesday are relegated to League One, then you would imagine that the 20-year-old would be able to make an impact at that level. Given they would need to spend in other areas and also replace Liam Shaw, keeping him seems a wise move.