After an incredibly rocky first half of the season a sense of optimism had swept over Sheffield Wednesday by the time the final match of the season rolled around.
In January, Steve Bruce and his team were appointed as replacements for the much-maligned Jos Luhukay, who had lost the fans and his dressing room, and they made an immediate impact.
And they are now ready to shake things up this summer with business expected to be plentiful in terms of both incoming and outgoing players.
They got to work as soon as the final whistle blew on their loss to Queens Park Rangers.
Just hours after the match, they announced that six first-team faces would be leaving the club including George Boyd, Gary Hooper and Daniel Pudil.
The least surprising inclusion, however, was undoubtedly Almen Abdi and how things have turned out for the Swiss has been nothing short of baffling
The central midfielder arrived at Hillsborough back in the summer of 2016 and sent over £3million Watford’s way for the pleasure.
And it looked like a great signing.
During his 131 appearances for the Hornets, 104 of which came in the Championship, Abdi netter 25 goals and assisted 14 more, making him a firm fan favourite at Vicarage Road.
However, over the course of his first season with the Owls, it started to become apparent that he would not be the midfield creative force that they thought they had signed.
‘Was this actually the right person?’ board members must have pondered as he picked up just one goal in 16 appearances, spending the last 12 matches of the season on the treatment table.
Oh well, he would only improve, right?
Well, no – to put it bluntly.
He only managed to add four more Championship appearances to his name with the majority of the season once again being spent with the club’s doctors and physios.
So, it is unsurprising that he will now be shipped out. It has been a remarkable waste of money and is a memory that many fans will want to extinguish as soon as possible.Like what the FLW have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!