Sheffield Wednesday are willing to let goalkeeper Joe Wildsmith depart this summer, according to journalist Alan Nixon.
The 25-year-old added 18 starts to his Sheffield Wednesday appearance count last season, taking his total to 81.
Wildsmith, who is a graduate of the Wednesday academy system, is also an England youth international, representing the national side at Under-20 level in 2015.
However, his career with The Owls has failed to kick on in recent years, and it now seems that he will be heading for pastures new this summer.
Wildsmith also enjoyed two loan spells before making his Wednesday debut, spending brief periods with Alfreton in the Conference and Barnsley in League One.
Here, we look at three reasons as to why it would be a good decision for Sheffield Wednesday to move on from Wildsmith.
Concluding months on his contract
With his current deal set to expire in the summer of next year, Wildsmith could leave for free at the end of the 2021/22 season if no deal is struck soon.
Given the financial state of the club, a chance to receive a fee for a player who seems unlikely to feature next season is something worth doing.
Despite Keiren Westwood’s departure at the end of last season, Sheffield Wednesday’s bid to find another goalkeeper suggests that Wildsmith would not have seen much game time anyway.
Making space for Bailey Peacock-Farrell
Wednesday’s pursuit for Bailey Peacock-Farrell has hardly been a secret and should Wildsmith depart, The Owls would be making space for another goalkeeper.
Despite Burnley looking for a Championship suitor, Wednesday are a club that most would expect to be competing at the top-end of League One next year.
Plus, The Owls would be able to offer consistent first-team football – something that not many second-tier clubs, if any, could promise.
Providing their academy graduate with another chance
At 25 years old, Wildsmith finds himself at a rather pivotal age where regular first-team football jumps up the priority list.
As a young goalkeeper, it is about learning from those ahead of you, but it gets to a point where minutes should be prioritised – and that is a point where Wildsmith would be coming to.
Also, if he does stay at Wednesday, it would be a backwards step in his career. He has Championship experience but if he was to remain with The Owls, he would be a back-up League One goalkeeper.
Wednesday want to pave a way for their academy graduates to succeed in their careers – even if that does mean leaving the club.