A club in dire straits right now, Sheffield Wednesday need something special if they are to remain in the Sky Bet Championship for another season.
The appointment of Tony Pulis in November has turned out to be a poor one, with the Welshman sacked this week by owner Dejphon Chansiri, who then unleashed an astonishing rant at the 62-year-old to the press.
Add to the poor results on the pitch and wages not being paid on time, Hillsborough isn’t a happy place for the Owls right now.
2021 could be better though, and the emergence of some fresh new talent could do this Wednesday squad the world of good.
We’ve seem Liam Shaw emerging as a first teamer this season, so let’s look at three other youngsters who could shine for Wednesday in 2021.
An Everton academy graduate, Adedoyin penned a deal with the Owls in September after a successful trial period.
The winger spent time on loan in Scotland at Hamilton Academical last season but his development stagnated as he failed to make a league appearance, but Wednesday have taken a chance on him and he went into their under-23s set-up.
Adedoyin was a prolific scorer two seasons ago in the under-18s Premier League, netting 11 times in 18 outings for the Toffees and if he can re-discover that kind of form for Wednesday’s under-23s, a first team call-up will come sooner rather than later.
As a first-year scholar last season, Bonnington was featuring in the under-23 squad which showed how talented the Wednesday staff think he is, and he’s showing impressive signs once again in the current campaign.
Bonnington fired in a hat-trick against Colchester United in a recent under-18’s encounter and he may be ready to step up a level into the under-23s, or even into men’s football further down the footballing pyramid.
That would shape him up for a chance in the Wednesday first team, perhaps next season.
Urhoghide has already made his first team breakthrough having been given his debut by Garry Monk last season, but he’s reverted to an under-23s player this season with the off appearance on the first team substitutes bench.
But with the form Wednesday have been showing recently, it’s a surprise that the 20-year-old hasn’t been given another chance at right back.
Not seen in the first team since being sent off against Reading back in February, now may be the time to integrate Urhoghide back into the fold.