The reason I picked players with their contracts set to expire was because Wednesday aren’t able to spend too much because of Financial Fair Play restrictions. To help relieve the budget though the best way would be to sell players as that would be plenty of wages and maybe even a fee that could then go to another player.
But who are the players that should be on the way out of Hillsborough during this transfer window? As usual, I have some suggestions.
It’s well known that Wednesday have issues in central midfield, something that I tried to address with my last article. A lot of that is because the signings the team has made before have been underwhelming which includes Jones. He had been a very dependable player for Wolves and is capable of great things, just look at his goal against Sunderland at the start of the season, but things haven’t worked out and it’s just not a right fit. Best to sell to another
Sky Bet Championship team and move on.
Note to Jos Luhukay not that your feet are under the desk, signing Charlton Athletic left-backs does not work. Rhoys Wiggins was a flop and while Fox has certainly been better than him, it’s still not much better. Selling Fox would definitely be on the condition of signing another left-back, Daniel Pudil needs back-up and we don’t want to waste Adam Reach in that position again, but it’s another signing that was good on paper but just hasn’t worked in practise. Would be best for both to part ways.
Look, I really like Matias. There’s an argument to be made that he’s one of the most naturally talented players in the squad. He can twist a defender inside out on his day. But things haven’t worked out since he headed to England. His peak was when he scored a spectacular goal against Leeds in his first month with the club and since then it’s just been a lot of injuries. Perhaps Luhukay may give him a chance but if he doesn’t, there’s no point him being here. Send him back to Portugal where he’ll probably make us regret selling him, Rodri style.
Forestieri was special in his first season with the club. He was truly brilliant and was one of the main reasons the Owls made it to the Sky Bet Championship play-off final. But then that transfer request business happened with Forestieri refusing to travel with the squad ahead of a match against Norwich City. While he would soon calm down and sign a new contract, it’s never been the same. Forestieri has never got back to the standard he was at before that transfer request. It’s time for Wednesday to cut their losses on him and sell as soon as possible, though his recent injuries may make this tricky
Right, let me put the tin hat on. Westwood has indeed been one of the best players Wednesday have signed over the last few years. That’s why he became only the second player since the 1970s that has won the Player of the Season award twice. But this list is not just about getting rid of players who are rubbish. This is also about business and it would be wise business to sell Westwood. Right now, he is at his peak and would be the highest value you could get for him. There would be no need to sign a replacement as while Westwood has been out with an injury, Wildsmith has been a very good deputy. It’s a similar situation to Thibault Courtois and Petr Cech at Chelsea a few years ago. Cech was the better goalkeeper, but Courtois was the man of the future and had to be bedded in there or risk being lost to another side. It’s the same with Westwood and Wildsmith.