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Keiren Westwood has been registered to play for Sheffield Wednesday after being added to the Owls’ 25-man squad.
The 36-year-old hasn’t played for Wednesday for almost a year after falling out of favour under previous boss Garry Monk, but looks set to be given a new lease of life under Tony Pulis.
Monk put faith in two of Wednesday’s young goalkeepers, Cameron Dawson and Joe Wildsmith, with the latter starting the Owls’ last three games.
But with Westwood now being registered to play, it remains to be seen what lies in store for Wildsmith, and whether a January move away is on the horizon.
Here, we discuss Wildsmith’s future at Hillsborough…
That is the key question that Sheffield Wednesday fans will be looking to answer in the coming weeks.
Joe Wildsmith has done relatively well of late, but you can’t beat the experience that Keiren Westwood will bring to the side.
While he hasn’t played in around a year, the experienced stopper would no doubt solidify Tony Pulis’ defence as they look to get some results under their belt.
Personally, I think that Westwood should be handed an opportunity in the team, and that means that Wildsmith has a decision to make.
He can fight his way into the starting spot between the sticks, or seek a move away.
You’d argue that he should relish the battle, but only Wildsmith can answer how he will handle this fresh challenge.
Surely he’s heading for the exit door now?
Wildsmith has been a steady option to have between the posts when called upon for Sheffield Wednesday, but I think it’s the right time for him to depart.
The shot-stopper has shown that he can perform to a solid standard in the Championship, but he simply won’t be getting the regular minutes he wants this season.
With Westwood likely to return to the first-team matchday squad for their match this weekend, I think Wildsmith needs to be looking at other options.
He’s far too good of an option to have sitting in the Under-23s squad, and it should be a no-brainer for him to leave the club in the January transfer window.
Even if it’s a temporary move elsewhere, then it would be the right decision by all parties involved in any potential deal.
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A place on the bench probably and I don’t think he can have many arguments. Westwood is a better goalkeeper.
However, a move away in January isn’t the right decision. If any of Wednesday’s goalkeeper’s depart, it should be Cameron Dawson.
For me, Dawson is a little bit erratic and Wildsmith is a safer pair of hands.
He’ the perfect understudy to Westwood and has a better chance of pushing him for the gloves and, eventually, taking them over when the Irishman departs.
Wednesday need to keep Wildsmith sweet as they move back to Westwood, not ship him out.