This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict‘ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Sheffield Wednesday have started to make progress in the transfer market as they aim to make the right changes to their squad this summer to help them cope with life back in the third tier.
The Owls’ latest arrival was confirmed on Thursday with Jack Hunt returning to Hillsborough on a free transfer following his exit from Bristol City this summer. The right-back is a quality player for League One and Sheffield Wednesday have done well to manage to attract a player of his ability to them in their current circumstances.
There was interest in Hunt from the Championship and therefore the Owls have pulled off a bit of a transfer coup to make this deal happen. Hunt should establish himself as their main right-back next term and Darren Moore should be able to get the best out of him.
So with Hunt now confirmed as a Sheffield Wednesday player, we asked our FLW writers what qualities they feel he will bring to the table…
Jack Hunt is a great signing for Sheffield Wednesday.
The former Bristol City comes back to a club where fans are fully trusting of his ability, something that is massive going into such a big season for the club.
As well as his obvious ability to perform at a consistent level and avoid injury, there’s no doubt that he’s going to be someone who contributes in both defence and attack.
Hunt is defensively sound, but arguably his biggest strength is his ability to burst forward down the right flank and provide an extra body in attacking areas.
If he can do that for Darren Moore’s side this term then he could be a really useful asset for the club, on and off the pitch.
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At the age of 30, I believed that Hunt still had a few good years left in him at Championship level following his release from Bristol City, so the fact he’s dropped into League One despite apparent interest from Cardiff and Blackpool has surprised me.
In my eyes, Hunt will be one of the best right-backs in the division next season and I can only imagine that the allure of having another crack with the Owls and being based in Yorkshire already swayed the transfer decision he had to make in Wednesday’s favour.
Darren Moore used mainly a three centre-back system with Sheffield Wednesday for the final few months of the 2020-21 campaign, but he’s reverted to a four at the back in pre-season and Hunt would be a good fit in either.
Hunt’s best qualities, like a lot of full-backs nowadays, are his attacking ones and we can expect to see him bomb down the right flank and get to the byline to put in crosses for the likes of Callum Paterson and Josh Windass, who should thrive off of his service if the pair are still at the club at the start of the season.
Whilst Hunt may not be at his strongest defensively, a drop down to League One should mean that he’s not tested as much as he was at Bristol CIty in the last few years, so I can see him absolutely thriving back at the Owls.
Jack Hunt would bring a real steadiness to Wednesday, something that’s desperately needed after a tough 12 months for the South Yorkshire side.
At this point, the mentality of their players will perhaps be more key than their physical ability as they look to build back from their relegation and after spending a reasonably successful three years at Bristol City, playing regularly and being a reliable figure at Ashton Gate, Hunt is a much-needed no-frills signing for Darren Moore and an experienced head in the dressing room.
The 30-year-old has also already spent two years at Hillsborough before his move to Bristol City, so he will fit back in seamlessly which can only be a positive for the club with only a couple of weeks to go until the start of the campaign.
Although his defensive solidity will be needed down in the third tier after a long period of facing Championship wingers, his ability to get forward will also be a marginal gain that Wednesday can exploit, grabbing himself six assists in the 2019/20 campaign and scoring two himself last season.
His combined defensive and attacking attributes make this signing a real coup for Wednesday and if they can recruit Solihull Moors striker and aerial threat Kyle Hudlin, expect the full-back to pick up at least a few more assists in the 2021/22 season.