Sheffield Wednesday defender Liam Palmer has suggested that he believes Darren Moore will have the right plans in place to perform a rebuild of the squad this summer.
The Owls are facing a huge task in the summer transfer window, with a host of their senior players set to see their existing deals come to an end. It has been reported that contract talks have been put on hold until Sheffield Wednesday can be assured of what division they are going to find themselves in next term. That is looking more likely to be League One than the Championship.
Moore could therefore be faced with the sizeable task of reshaping the squad and bringing in a host of fresh faces to replace potential departures. It is something that he will have to get spot on if Sheffield Wednesday are to have the best chance of bouncing back at the first time of asking if they are relegated.
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Speaking to the Sheffield Star, Palmer outlined that he believes Moore will have the right sort of plans in place to perform a rebuilding of the squad this summer. While he also backed him to find the right balance between experienced signings and recruiting players with potential.
He said: “Whatever division you’re in, you want a good mix of experience an youth and maybe a couple that are a bit different and bring that x-factor,” he told The Star. “We’ve had a good mix of that throughout the years.
“I can’t speak for the recruitment guys or the manager as to what his plans are because I don’t know, but I think he’ll be looking to keep some experience, bring in some youth and either keep some exciting players or bring some to the football club.”
Moore is facing a very daunting task at Hillsborough next season, but from these comments from Palmer you get the impression that he has the full backing of the squad to make the changes that are going to be needed in the summer. That is vital if he is going to be able to successfully integrate a lot of new arrivals into the squad.
The Owls have largely had a settled squad over the last few years with a lot of players having been around the club for a good number of years. However, a lot of those faces could now be heading for the exit door. That means there is going to be a lot of planning needed in terms of how best to replace their presence on and off the field.
Replacing those players in the dressing room will not be easy, but it is perhaps what the Owls need now after a really challenging campaign. Moore will be keen to get his own players into the club and try and push things forwards and make improvements to the side in key areas. It seems the players will support him in those efforts.