This article is part of Football League World’s ‘Fan’s Voice’ series, where we gather original opinions from those closest to the clubs concerned on matters surrounding their team and share them with a wider audience…
Newly-appointed Sheffield Wednesday boss Tony Pulis has recently revealed that Keiren Westwood is back training with the Owls first-team after a spell away from the senior squad.
Westwood had fallen out of favour whilst Garry Monk was in charge of the club, but will be hoping he can play his part for Sheffield Wednesday this season in the Championship now that Pulis is in charge at Hillsborough.
The Irishman isn’t available for selection until January though due to him not being registered at this moment in time, although that is something the club are looking at getting changed sooner rather than later according to Yorkshire Live’s Dom Howson.
Football League World’s Sheffield Wednesday fan Paul Reynolds admitted that he can see Westwood starting for the Owls once again when he is available.
“I can see Pulis starting Westwood as soon as he is available for selection.
“Westwood is one of the most highly-rated goalkeepers in the league and I feel as if the defence will be able to play with more confidence having him behind them. Pulis has made it clear he intends to play Westwood and it has been a popular decision amongst Owls fans.”
Reynolds went on to reveal what Westwood brings to the Sheffield Wednesday team that the likes of Cameron Dawson and Joe Wildsmith don’t have at this moment in time in their attributes.
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He was hopeful that both Dawson and Wildsmith can learn from Westwood, who had previously been a regular for Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship before being frozen out of the first-team setup.
“Westwood brings with him a wealth of experience that Dawson and Wildsmith haven’t got yet. Dawson and Wildsmith are similar ages and have similar experience which has meant neither of them have been able to really nail down the starting position in Westwood’s absence.
“All good teams need a settled number one and that’s what Westwood brings with him, a reliable, solid first choice goalkeeper.
“On top of this, his return also provides an opportunity to both Dawson and Wildsmith who will be able to learn from him and develop themselves in to better players, more able to take on the number 1 shirt when Westwood eventually leaves the club.”
The Sheffield Wednesday supporter was slightly concerned about Westwood’s lack of game time in senior football in recent years, but felt that his experience could be the difference in staying in the Championship for another season and avoiding relegation into England’s third-tier.
“Westwood’s return is definitely good news for Wednesday.
“He hasn’t played in nearly a year so he may not be in the best of form on his return but even if this is the case he’s a good figure to have around for the other two goalkeepers who should be able to improve their own game having him around.
“If Wednesday find themselves in a relegation scrap at the end of the season as many are predicting, his level headedness and experience at this level could be the difference between survival and relegation.”
Sheffield Wednesday return to action this weekend, when they take on Preston North End, in what is highly likely to be a tough first match in charge for Tony Pulis at Deepdale.
Disclaimer: The views cast from various supporters in the Fan’s Voice series do not represent those of Football League World.