Former Liverpool keeper Chris Kirkland believes that Sheffield Wednesday, another of his former clubs, are still in with a shout of a place in the play-offs this season.
The Owls have experienced a resurgence in recent weeks, turning a terrible season into one that could end full of promise.
Under Steve Bruce they’ve climbed to within 11th in the table and are just four points outside the top six. That is apparently still enough for them to be considered contenders.
Speaking to the EFL Matters podcast, Kirkland was asked who he thought was still a contender for a spot in the top six.
“I think you can go all the way down to Sheffield Wednesday,” said Kirkland.
That rules out Birmingham City, two points behind the Owls after their recent defeats against Millwall and Aston Villa. It’s been a tough week for the Blues, but they’ve over-achieved this season and can still be proud of their efforts.
After the international break, Steve Bruce’s side face both Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest in huge promotion six pointers which could go some way to defining their season.
It’s a slim chance, nothing more. Points wise they’re in with a shout, but in their remaining nine games they still have to face Leeds and Norwich, both running away at the top of the table.
After the campaign The Owls have had, mid-table is a big achievement. Anything more would be bordering on a miracle.