Three things Sheffield Wednesday can learn from the rest of their season

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With a new owner in the hot seat and some encouraging signs on the pitch, what can manager Stuart Gray take from the last 11 games?

Long suffering Sheffield Wednesday fans will take heart from a stable season in which they have never flirted with the relegation places, as they have in previous years, and they currently lie in 11th place in the Sky Bet Championship table. Indeed, a run of five wins in eight games over the Christmas and New Year period offered heady thoughts of a play-off charge. Alas, Wednesday have faltered since then and a respectable mid-table finish beckons, but what can the fallen South Yorkshire giants take in to the summer break?

1. Stuart Gray needs to impress the new owner, Thai businessman Dejphon Chansiri, and convince him that he will invest money in the transfer market wisely. Chansiri publicly backed Gray in his takeover press conference, but also claimed Wednesday would challenge for a Premier League place next season. To do that some key signings are required, and is the new owner seriously convinced Gray is the best man to spend his fortune and deliver?

2. Wednesday need to find an answer to their frustrating inconsistency. In a strong start to the season, the Hillsborough men went the first six games unbeaten, but also had a run of ten games without a league win in the Autumn months. Poor home form - only four wins and eleven goals scored in 18 games - and too many draws needs to be addressed quickly if the owner's claims are to become realistic, and that can start now.

3. Where does Will Keane's future lie? Shipped out on loan from Manchester United, Keane has now scored three goals in nine starts for a team that has struggled to find the target all season. With Louis van Gaal uncertain on the long term striking options at Manchester United - the future of both Radamel Falcao and Robin van Persie are in doubt - Keane may feel he has a chance at Old Trafford. Realistically, van Gaal will be under pressure to spend big in the striker department in the summer and Keane may be up for grabs. So the last few games of the season represent a chance for both club and player to show their worth.

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