Why Sheffield Wednesday are more than ready for a return to the Premier League

Sheffield Wednesday are in the hunt for promotion this season.

Sheffield Wednesday have spent more than 15 years out of the top-flight, but now they are more than ready to make a long-awaited return to join England’s elite clubs.

The Owls currently sit in sixth position in the Championship table, three points ahead of nearest playoff challengers Cardiff City and a further point ahead of Birmingham City and Ipswich Town.

On the field, it has been a meteoric rise for Carlos Carvalhal’s men, especially considering the Portuguese coach took on a squad which managed just 43 league goals last term as they finished 18 points adrift of the top six.

After a somewhat slow start, the Owls have lost just four in their last 28 league games and a run of seven wins in their last 13 games have finally consolidated their place in the top six.

Fernando Forestieri, Gary Hoooper, Barry Bannan, Daniel Pudil and Lucas Joao are just a few of the exciting players to join Wednesday since last summer and they’ve all made a huge difference.

Yet the biggest indication to Wednesday’s recovery and readiness for a place in the top-flight is not so much their improvements on the field, but their drastic change in fortunes off it.

Dejphon Chansiri took over the reins from Milan Mandaric last year, and since then turnover has increased by £1.1m from £14.9m while losses have decreased, as shown in a recent publication by the Sheffield Star.

The club is said to be debt free, attendances are on the up and the feel-good factor has returned with Hillsborough rocking once more in particular during the 3-0 League Cup thrashing of Arsenal.

While the team could still do with a little work to become automatic promotion challengers, should the Owls not win promotion via the playoffs this term, off the field everything is set up for a Premier League return.

These are exciting times for Wednesday supporters, and there seems to be no limits on their potential.

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