Keep or release? Assessing the futures of Sheffield Wednesday's loan stars

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Players from Everton, Aston Villa and Norwich City are currently on loan at Hillsborough.

'He had no players so he had to sign them on loan', as goes the popular chant about Sheffield Wednesday head coach Carlos Carvalhal. But after turning the temporary stays of Jack Hunt and Gary Hooper into permanent ones in January, only six of Wednesday's players are currently borrowed from other clubs.

The Owls appear destined to make the play-offs this season and whether they go up or not, they're likely to require a couple of personnel changes to compete with a higher standard of opposition, whether it's Leicester, Tottenham and Arsenal or Sunderland, Newcastle and Aston Villa.

But will their loan players make the cut? Here's my assessment as things stand...

Vincent Sasso - The Frenchman only seems to play when others aren't fit and spends long spells out of the team in between. January's 1-0 win at Fulham was a high point for Sasso, who's left much to be desired in the meantime. Personally, I don't think he's imposing enough to play at this level. Verdict: Release

Michael Turner - The Norwich City man looked a good signing on paper and despite impressing initially, injuries have restricted him to four league outings in going on six months. I suspect Wednesday will fancy someone a little more mobile next year. Verdict: Release

Joe Bennett - The left-back was signed to compete with Daniel Pudil in January, as an upgrade on Rhoys Wiggins who was sold to Bournemouth. The Aston Villa loanee has shown enough in four appearances (three of which ended in clean sheets) to suggest he'd be a decent permanent addition, but will his parent club want him back? Verdict: Keep

Daniel Pudil - With talks between the Owls and Watford taking place intermittently throughout the campaign, it's perhaps surprising the Czech isn't already a full-time Wednesday player. He's barely put a foot wrong this season and is worth another couple, even at 30. Verdict: Keep

Alex Lopez - Having played 25 times in La Liga last season Lopez was something of a coup for Wednesday, though Barry Bannan's September arrival has restricted the Spaniard's involvement. That said, the midfielder filled in impeccably during Bannan's recent suspension, but will he fancy another campaign on the bench? Verdict: Keep

Aiden McGeady - Wednesday beat Blackburn and Leeds United to land the Everton winger in February, but it's taken a while to get him up to speed having missed the first half of the campaign. The Irishman has begun to show signs of life over the past month or so and has looked far better away from home than he has done at Hillsborough. However, something special would have to happen between now and June so to warrant paying his wages on a full-time basis. Verdict: Release

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