Tony Pulis will be able to call on Keiren Westwood for his first Sheffield Wednesday game, which comes at Preston this weekend.
— Dom Howson (@domhowson) November 18, 2020
The 36-year-old was completely frozen out under former boss Garry Monk, last featuring for the Owls almost 12 months ago.
Westwood’s absence from the team has often annoyed the fan base, who questioned why he was left out when Cameron Dawson and Joe Wildsmith didn’t always convince.
However, Monk’s mind was made up, to the extend that the former Ireland international wasn’t even registered in the Wednesday squad this season.
Following Pulis’ appointment, the club appealed to the EFL to seek permission to add the stopper to the squad. And, Yorkshire Live have revealed this evening that Wednesday were successful.
As a result, Westwood is available for selection at Deepdale and he is likely to be given a start. That’s after Pulis praised the keeper as one of the best in the Championship at his unveiling.
Wednesday, who have kept five clean sheets in the league this season, can potentially move out of the relegation zone with a win on Saturday.
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This is fantastic news for the Owls and for Pulis, who is clearly a huge fan of the keeper.
In truth, his lack of game time under Monk was baffling, even if the two clearly clashed, as it impacted the team negatively.
Whilst Dawson and Wildsmith are decent keepers, Westwood is a class above. So, even though he will be rusty, I expect him to start at Preston and he will make a big difference to the team moving forward.
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