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Opinion: Sheffield Wednesday must step up their pursuit of Championship target as link emerges



After suffering relegation to League One on the final day of the previous campaign, Sheffield Wednesday would have been hoping to make a barnstorming start to the 2021/22 season under the guidance of manager Darren Moore.

However, despite launching a complete overhaul of his squad during the summer transfer window, Moore has so far failed to guide the Owls to a great deal of success in the third-tier.

Instead of challenging for an automatic promotion spot in League One, Wednesday are currently facing a battle to secure a top-six finish.

As a result of their recent defeats to Sunderland and Shrewsbury Town, the Owls missed out on the opportunity to climb into the play-off places.

Although Wednesday will still fancy their chances of extending their campaign in May, they may need to bolster their squad in January in order to reach new heights in this division.

One of the areas that Moore simply has to address between now and the end of the January window is the centre-back position.

Wednesday have only managed to prevent their opponents from scoring in two of their last eight league games and were particularly poor during their recent clash with Sunderland as Lee Johnson’s side put five past them at the Stadium of Light.

Whilst Sam Hutchinson’s recent return is a boost for the Owls, they are still having to deploy Marvin Johnson in an unnatural position.

A report from The Sun journalist Alan Nixon yesterday suggested that Wednesday are considering making a move for their former defender Mark Beevers as they look to strengthen their options in this position.

Peterborough United are believed to be willing to let Beevers leave this month after utilising him on 11 occasions in the Championship this season.

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If this turns out to be true, Wednesday ought to step up their pursuit of the defender by submitting a bid for him as he has a proven track-record of delivering the goods in League One.

During the previous term, Beevers helped Posh secure promotion to the Championship by registering an average WhoScored match rating of 7.07 in the 45 games that he played in this division.

Beevers knows exactly what it takes to compete at this level as he has notched up 216 appearances in the third-tier in his career.

Providing that Wednesday are able to secure Beevers’ services for a reasonable fee, there is no reason why they cannot push on in League One with the defender in their side.

The 32-year-old’s arrival may also force the likes of Hutchinson, Johnson, Liam Palmer and Ciaran Brennan to step up their performance levels which could have a positive impact on the Owls’ fortunes.

Freelance writer for Football League World. Previously worked for 90min & GiveMeSport.

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