Sheffield Wednesday have reportedly reached an agreement with a trio of players heading into next season according to the Sheffield Star.
It is claimed that Keiren Westwood, Liam Palmer and Kieran Lee have agreed to sign new contracts with Steve Bruce’s side before the new season gets underway in August.
Westwood and Palmer have reportedly agreed two-year deals, whilst Lee has been offered a one-year deal after a season troubled with injuries.
Lee made his long-awaited return to action at the end of last season, as he featured in the final two league games of Sheffield Wednesday’s season.
He’ll be hoping to make up for lost time heading into next season, and play his part for Bruce’s side as they look to build on a number of impressive showings in the second-half of last season.
But is it a smart move by the Owls to offer Lee a one-year deal?
“It’s a risk worth taking for the Owls.
“Obviously, his injury record is a massive concern and he has been out for so long that you do wonder whether he can come back as the same player.
“However, providing the terms are reasonable, then they should try and persevere with Lee because if he does get near his previous level, then he is a real asset to the team.
“His ability to get box-to-box is unique in the Owls squad and he can chip in with goals and is an intelligent player. So, I can understand the decision made by Wednesday and Steve Bruce will hope he can include the 31-year-old regularly next season.”
“I’m not sure it’s a mistake as such, but they’ll be hoping to get some game time from him.
“It’s been a massive shame for the Owls that he’s been missing so much as on his day, he can be one of the best box to box midfielders in the league in my opinion.
“I think it’s a show of confidence from the club though and if any Owls player maybe deserved to be cut some slack, then it’s Kieran Lee after his recent injury problems.”
“I think he deserves to be given a further year to prove himself.
“Lee has been awfully unlucky with injuries in recent months, and I was pleased to see him make his long-awaited return to action at the end of last season.
“I think he’s got a point to prove heading into next season, and if he’s given regular game time, then he could give Steve Bruce a welcome selection dilemma.
“He’s already show in the past what he can bring to the Sheffield Wednesday team, and if he can stay injury free, then I think he can recapture his best form.”