After a few seasons of stagnation, Sheffield Wednesday look to be back under Steve Bruce, and it is set to be a huge summer at Hillsborough, with a few midfield names linked to the club.
Nick Powell and Sam Morsy are just two names to be linked to the club. The Sun reported on Monday that Powell had rejected a new deal at Wigan, while Sky Sports listed Wednesday as one of a few clubs monitoring the situation of Powell’s teammate Sam Morsy.
Steve Bruce did a great job in the final months of the season after stepping into the role in late January 2019, picking up the pieces and lifting the morale from a poor first half of the season under Jos Luhukay, who was sacked.
Owls managed a mid table finish, after losing just a handful of games in the calendar year. Performances were great, with a good balance of defence and attack, meaning many are predicting Wednesday for a top six finish under Steve Bruce next season.
And if reports are to be believed, it seems Bruce has pinpointed the midfield as an area to strengthen – Powell and Morsy would form two thirds of a formidable axis with Barry Bannan.
Morsy, the Egyptian midfielder, is probably better off the ball, with a lot of stamina and aggression. The Wigan captain played 40 times in the Championship this season, and was a very consistent performer.
Nick Powell on the other hand is the opposite type of player – an innate attacker who loves to run towards goal and get in the box. He can play as a second striker or as a ‘number 10’ where he has an eye for the goal.
Those two could work perfectly alongside Barry Bannan, who has a perfect balance of defensive and offensive attributes, as well as one of the best passing abilities in the league.
Deals for both players hang in the balance, but the Steve Bruce factor, as well as the idea of that three-point axis midfield with Bannan, could tempt both to Hillsborough.
Wednesday have had a bad few seasons post-Carlos Carvalhal, but with Steve Bruce in charge and these signings linked, it feels that they are on their way back, and you’d have to fancy them for a top six finish next year.