Sheffield Wednesday have confirmed that centre-back Joost van Aken has joined Bundesliga 2 side VfL Osnabruck on loan for the remainder of the season.
Joost van Aken has joined 2. Bundesliga side VfL Osnabruck on loan for the 2019/20 season #swfc
— Sheffield Wednesday (@swfc) August 14, 2019
The 25-year-old failed to establish himself as a regular since arriving at Hillsborough in 2017, with injuries also restricting the impact he could make.
And, the former Heerenveen defender was frozen out for much of the previous campaign, featuring in just one league game – which came on the opening day, with van Aken struggling to make the squad under Steve Bruce.
It appears his fortunes haven’t changed under Lee Bullen either as the left-footer hasn’t been involved for much of pre-season and once again he didn’t make the matchday 18 for the opening two league fixtures.
Therefore, a transfer has seemed inevitable and the deal was confirmed on the Owls official site this evening. It means van Aken will immediately join up with the newly-promoted second-tier side and he will hope to be involved in Monday night’s game against Darmstadt.
Whilst no permanent move has been mentioned, it seems likely he has played his last game for the Yorkshire club.
This is a transfer that many expected to happen and Wednesday will be glad to have moved the defender on.
Quite simply, they have better options ahead of him in the pecking order and van Aken never really did enough to suggest he could be a top Championship player.
So, this move suits all parties and the centre-back will be eager to prove himself out on loan in order to secure a permanent Hillsborough exit.
It will be interesting to see how this works out but it seems a good fit.
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