Ross Wallace explains why Sheffield Wednesday can remain optimistic even if they miss out on promotion

The Owls are gearing up for their Championship play-off final clash with Hull City.

Ross Wallace believes that Sheffield Wednesday's squad have enough potential to know that they are heading in the right direction, even if they ultimately miss out on promotion to the Premier League, the Sheffield Star reports.

Carlos Carvalhal's men will face Hull City in the Championship play-off final. And while defeat would be a huge blow for the Owls - even if their respective league positions makes them underdogs for the game - Wallace insisted that there is enough to be positive about at Hillsborough, regardless of the result against the Tigers.

"We have got a young squad. There are a lot of players who are coming into their peak so I think the next three or four years we are looking very strong," he told the Star.

"If we don't manage to get up this year, we have definitely got a chance in the next few years of having a real good go."

Considering that before this campaign, Wednesday had not finished in the top half of the table since their return to the second tier, and had appointed a boss with an unspectacular managerial record, most Owls supporters would have jumped at the thought of finishing in the top six. 

But with Carvalhal getting the very best out of the players available to him, and with a recruitment strategy that has seen the likes of Fernando Forestieri, Gary Hooper and Barry Bannan come in and become key players for the side, it appears that they are certainly only heading one way.

And Wallace is confident that even if they fail this time around, their promotion to the top flight is imminent. 

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