Speaking to the Sheffield Telegraph, Barry Bannan has revealed that Sheffield Wednesday’s players have already discussed the possibility of making a push for automatic promotion in the Sky Bet Championship next season, after missing out in the play-offs for a second successive year.
Last month Carlos Carvalhal’s side suffered a disappointing play-off semi-final defeat to Huddersfield Town, which handed the Owls their second play-off disappointment in two years, following 2016’s defeat to Hull City at Wembley.
Wednesday’s wait for a Premier League return will now stretch into an 18th season, but Bannan has confirmed that the Owls have already discussed targeting automatic promotion next season, he said: “We had a talk the day after the Huddersfield game.
“We touched on going for automatics next season.
“It is a strong, strong league and there will be loads of teams going for it. It will be tough but we know what we are capable of in our squad.
“If we can find a consistent performance and start the season well, there’s no reason why we can’t get automatic promotion.”
Bannan, 27, also admitted he was confident the current crop of Wednesday players had enough to challenge for the top-two, but it is likely Carvalhal will look to bring fresh faces to Hillsborough in the coming months.
Central defence is an area that Carvalhal is looking to strengthen, and Grant Hanley and Daniel Ayala have been identified as potential transfer targets for the Owls, to add to the competition for places with Glenn Loovens and Tom Lees.
Another area that Wednesday are reportedly looking to add to is central midfield, with a host of names, including Huddersfield’s Aaron Mooy, linked with a move.
Wednesday fans… Is the top-two a possibility next season? Do you expect another push for promotion? Let us know your thoughts!