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The players that will form the core of the Sheffield Wednesday XI next season

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After slumping to a very disappointing 15th place finish last time out, The Owls will be keen to bounce back in the upcoming campaign and fire themselves back into play-off contention at the very least.

These days, the club have Jos Luhukay at the helm after he took over from Carlos Carvalhal in January 2018.

Luhukay is a very experienced manager who has previously been in charge at the likes of, Borussia Monchengladbach, Augsburg and Stuttgart so will not be fazed at managing a club the size of Sheffield Wednesday.

The Owls had a very unlucky season last time out in terms of injuries with many of their better players being sidelined for the majority of the campaign.

Optimism is somewhat flowing round Hillsborough at the prospect of the new season and this article is going to take a look at THREE players who will be crucial to this Sheffield Wednesday team…

Tom Lees

Powerful centre-back Tom Lees is crucial to this Sheffield Wednesday team, he was limited to just 20 appearances last campaign due to various injuries and his commanding presence at the heart of the defence was very much missed.

The 27-year-old is a big favourite with the fans at Hillsborough and has been at the club since 2014.

Since joining the club from Yorkshire rivals Leeds United, he has gone onto amass close to 150 appearances for the Owls.

Manager Jos Lukahay will be desperate to keep the former England under-21 international fighting fit for the majority of the upcoming season as his presence in the team will greatly increase their chances of success.

Fernando Forestieri 

Another player who had an injury ravaged season last time out is playmaker Fernando Forestieri.

Forestieri was on the sidelines for the majority of the campaign but did return to action towards the end of the season, returning with an impressive 5 goals in 8 games.

The 28-year-old is a special player and many clubs are envious of the Owls for having his services.

When Forestieri is on the pitch it is undoubted that Sheffield Wednesday have a higher chance of winning the game.

The Argentinian born midfield man has the ability to produce something out of nothing and his unpredictability makes him very dangerous.

Since joining the club from Watford back in 2015, he has made close to 88 appearances, scoring an impressive 32 goals in the process.

Gary Hooper

A common theme in this article is that all of these players were missing for a large portion of the last campaign, just like this man, Gary Hooper, who missed the whole second half of last season through injury.

It was incredibly frustrating for Sheffield Wednesday fans that the 30-year-old forward’s season was cut short last time out, because up until the injury he suffered, he was in very good goalscoring form, netting 11 goals in 25 games.

Hooper is a goalscoring threat whenever he is on the pitch and will no doubt be a very big player for the Owls in the upcoming season if he can stay fit.

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