Sheffield Wednesday are 90 minutes away from a second successive play-off final, and will enjoy another day out at Wembley if they can overcome Huddersfield at Hillsborough following a 0-0 draw at the John Smith’s Stadium.
If Wednesday can emerge victorious, then the Owls will taste the glory of the Premier League for the first time in 17 years.
It is incredible that it was the millennial year in which Wednesday were last a top flight team, proving that time really does go way too fast!
Promotion this year will require boss, Carlos Carvalhal, to dramatically increase the depth and quality of his squad if they are to avoid an automatic return to the second tier.
Having been starved of Premier League football for so long has left Wednesday lacking the edge and experience of their potential top flight rivals, and a few seasoned heads must be added to the side should promotion be achieved.
One man who would add a wealth of experience to the Owls squad and has plied his trade in the top flight for many years in Stoke City defender, Phil Bardsley.
Bardsley came through the ranks at Manchester United, and the Salford born youngster represented his hometown club 8 times over the course of 5 years, before a permanent move saw him link up with Sunderland.
Now at Stoke, the defender’s contract is set to expire, and the player will be eligible to join a new club very soon.
If Wednesday go up, a move for Bardsley should be something they should explore.
Although operating predominantly from the right hand side of the back four through his career, Bardsley can fill in at left back, and this versatility further enhances the credentials of a Sheffield Wednesday move.
The Owls and Carlos Carvalhal still have a long way to go if they are to reach the promised land of the Premier League, but if they can overcome Huddersfield and their opponents at Wembley, Bardsley is a seasoned pro the Portuguese should look to introduce to his squad.