Providing they can get financial issues sorted, Sheffield Wednesday will be having somewhat of a summer rebuild in the next few months as they prepare for a battle in League One.
Relegation to the third tier has seen many senior players depart – long-serving figures such as Keiren Westwood, Tom Lees and Adam Reach have departed and that means the wage bill has shrunk considerably.
But that hasn’t stopped the remaining players wages from not being paid, with the Sheffield Star reporting this week that some of the squad are considering handing in their notice over the lack of payment.
Jut 15 players remain right now on the books of the senior squad – that includes youngsters Alex Hunt and Ciaran Brennan – so it’s clear to see that Darren Moore needs to bring in a considerable amount of bodies to strengthen his hand for the season ahead.
Speaking exclusively to Football League World, former Owl Jon Newsome believes that Moore needs to be backed by owner Dejphon Chansiri to bring in the squad he sees fit once the financial instability is sorted.
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“I think 14 players have left, so we’ve got to get some bodies in and around the manager and get them through the door,” Newsome said. “But obviously it’s all speculation until the window opens.
“I would like to see him being backed to some degree, but I also think that it’s time for the club to reset itself and learn its lessons from the last few years and have a look around other clubs and learn lessons from what other clubs have done.”
It’s unlikely that Wednesday will be spending any transfer fees this summer so Moore can forget about being backed in that sense.
But he could potentially be backed in numbers, and there’s a lot of free agents and potentially loans who could bolster Sheffield Wednesday for the next few seasons, and going down that route is perhaps what Newsome meant when he talks about the club resetting – and that could also mean delving into their academy to use some of the more talented prospects.