Neil Warnock is looking to transform Middlesbrough’s squad during the summer transfer window.
Last season was solid but unspectacular for the Teessiders as they pushed themselves into the top half of the table but struggled to sustain their push for a top six finish as the campaign fizzled out in the final months.
Much has been made of Neil Warnock’s plans to bring players into the club, but that’s clearly going to have a knock-on effect to those already in his first team squad.
While Warnock has his core group of players who look certain to form the foundations of his new-look side, there’s a genuine possibility that we could see two or three high-profile outgoings before the summer window slams shut.
One of the most likely to move on is Lewis Wing.
The central midfielder has found life difficult since Neil Warnock was appointed as manager with the player being restricted to just a handful of starts for the club during the first half of last season.
Wing then ended up leaving the club for Rotherham United on a loan deal during the January transfer window – a big hint into what the future may hold for the player.
This summer we’re likely to see a much more permanent resolution to his Middlesbrough frustration.
Reports from Yorkshire Live have claimed that the 26-year-old is attracting interest from the Millers, Sheffield Wednesday, Peterborough United and Hull City, with the quartet all hoping to tie up a permanent move for the player.
The Owls in particular offer an eye-catching opportunity.
Darren Moore’s side have lost a significant number of players this summer following their relegation to the Championship, meaning that any new arrivals have the opportunity to establish themselves as first team mainstays.
But while being a core player at a club like Sheffield Wednesday will surely be appealing to a player like Lewis Wing, it’s an opportunity that must be approached with caution.
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To say that the Owls are far from a steady ship is the understatement of the century.
Matters off the pitch seem to have sent Sheffield Wednesday into a downward spiral with the club enduring a worrying few years before ultimately suffering relegation this term.
Reports that the club have failed to pay the players’ wages are continuing and with little sign of a resolution, the feeling is that things could get worse before they get better at Hillsborough.
For Lewis Wing the main priority in his next move has to be stability.
He needs to join a club who share his passion for playing on the front foot, but also one with a solid foundation already in place as he looks to kick on in the coming years.
Wing is approaching his prime years and so the last thing that he needs is to get caught up with a club who have undoubtedly seen better days.
A players’ career is short and with so many red flags already on show I believe that it would be foolish for Wing to jump from the relative stability of Middlesbrough and into the sinking ship that is the Owls.