The Owls came within one match of earning promotion to the Premier League last term, losing narrowly 1-0 in the playoff final to Steve Bruce’s Hull City at Wembley.
Despite the obvious disappointment, many Wednesday supporters saw the positives in defeat and feel their loss was only a step towards the ultimate goal of returning to the top-flight after a long absence.
With wealthy owner Dejphon Chansiri willing to spend big and provide Carlos Carvalhal with the necessary tools to go up, Wednesday are one of the favourites this season to go all the way.
The addition of Steven Fletcher on a free tranfer will provide more ammunition upfront, and now the club must seek another creative wideman to help get the best out of the former Sunderland man plus Gary Hooper.
Fernando Forestieri almost provided the individual brilliance to help Wednesday up, so adding a player of Callum McManaman’s ability to the fore could prove to be the final piece of the jigsaw.
The 25-year-old is tipped to leave the Hawthorns this summer, and a move to a club on the up such as Wednesday could be the fresh start McManaman needs to somewhat reboot his career.
Capable of playing on either side, the talented winger can score goals, provide assists, create space with his dribbling skills and link-up with his forwards - attrubites which would be most welcome at Hillsborough.