The 2017/18 season has been a season to forget to Sheffield Wednesday, with the club slowly beginning to be sucked into a relegation battle towards the bottom of the Sky Bet Championship.
Back to back play-off appearances are not to be extended into a third tier, and new boss Jos Luhukay will hope the season ends as quickly as possible so that he can begin to prepare his side for another crack at a long-awaited return to the Premier League.
The Dutchman will have big plans for his side in the summer, with the addition of depth to his squad sure to be a key element of his transfer plans following the way in which they club has failed to cope with the injury crisis that has engulfed Hillsborough this term.
Luhukay also has a decision to make on defender Frederico Venancio, who is keen to make his loan deal from Vitoria Setubal permanent.
The Portuguese told Sheffield Star journalist Dom Howson that he ‘loves Sheffield and this club’, and reiterated that he would like to sign a long-term contract with the Owls.
Venancio has only made eleven appearances for the Owls since his summer switch, but has performed solidly if not remarkably when called upon.
Having had a year to settle into the demands of the English second tier, it can be expected that Venancio will come back much stronger next season if Luhukay and chairman Dejphon Chansiri decide to make his switch permanent.
Fans have a right to question whether the deal is in the best interests of the club, but will be delighted to hear of the player’s love for the Owls and the city of Sheffield.
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