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85.1% pass success rate: Why bringing in free agent would be a risk worth taking for Sheffield Wednesday

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It is sure to be a very busy summer for Sheffield Wednesday as Steve Bruce looks to make his own mark on the squad.

The experienced boss only took over earlier this year but his arrival has brought hope and optimism back to Hillsborough, particularly after their excellent end to the last campaign.

However, it’s clear that new faces are needed if the Yorkshire side are to be genuine promotion contenders but FFP means big-spending is not going to happen.

Therefore, Bruce has to be smart in the market and look for potential bargains and he may have found one in the form of Josh McEachran who is training with the club.

The former Chelsea youngster hasn’t had the career many expected after he broke through at Stamford Bridge and the fact he has just been released by Brentford highlights that.

Yet, as our graphic shows, he can be an effective midfielder at this level and could add something to the Owls squad, with Bruce looking for more options in that area.

One player who many feel could be upgraded in the heart of the Wednesday midfield is Joey Pelupessy.

The Dutchman hasn’t always convinced since arriving in England and it’s no surprise to see that McEachran’s passing ability comes up better than the former Heracles man.

There is an over-reliance on Barry Bannan in the Owls’ midfield when it comes to moving the ball quickly and trying to build up play, so the 26-year-old would be a welcome new face in that sense.

Yet, McEachran’s stats show that he is perhaps more defensively switched on than he is given credit for, with his tackles per game and interceptions at a similar level to Pelupessy.

Having said that, the former England youth international has struggled with injuries over the years and he also didn’t always impress for the Bees, so some concerns are valid.

But, there is clearly a player there and under the guidance of an experienced boss, McEachran could be a shrewd addition for what will be a new-look Sheffield Wednesday side next month.

Thoughts? Let us know in the comments below.

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