Jon Newsome identifies areas Sheffield Wednesday need to strengthen during summer transfer window

Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal (L) and owner Dejphon Chansiri before the game

A busy summer is in store for Sheffield Wednesday.

Jon Newsome, Sheffield WednesdayFormer Sheffield Wednesday defender Jon Newsome

Jon Newsome has identified the areas in which Sheffield Wednesday need to strengthen during the summer transfer window.

Wednesday will remain in the Championship next season, having been knocked out of the play-offs by Huddersfield Town in midweek.

It is the second season running the Owls have failed to gain promotion despite breaking into the top six, and Carlos Carvalhal's side will be expected to challenge again next term - whether the Portuguese is in charge or not.

In order to do so, however, improvements are required in a number of areas - at least in the eyes of Newsome.

Speaking on Sheffield Live TV last night [Thursday], the former Wednesday defender said: "I think [the defence is] probably an area they need to strengthen. I think the whole of the back four.

"I like Tom Lees, I think he’s good. Glenn Loovens has done great but he’s ageing. For me, it’s been calling out for a big, experienced, vocal centre-half who pulls people around and gaffers people."

Huddersfield Town's Jon Gorenc Stankovic in action with Sheffield Wednesday's Kieren WestwoodSheffield Wednesday defender Tom Lees [left]

The prospect of a new winger was also discussed, with on loan pair Will Buckley and Callum McManaman due back at their parent clubs.

But Newsome added: "I think the thing is, though, the way we set up we don’t play with wingers. We have two wide midfield players but they’re constantly coming inside.

"For me, the centre of the pitch is too compact, there’s not enough space, we don’t create enough space. I’d like the wingers to stay wide. That allows balls into the strikers, it allows your midfield to play. I think we get too condensed."

Wednesday have eight players out of contract this summer, including, notably, Joe Wildsmith, Vincent Sasso and Jose Semedo.

Kevin McDonald of Fulham (R) and Jose Semedo of Sheffield Wednesday in actionSheffield Wednesday midfielder Jose Semedo [left]

Others, such as midfield duo Filipe Melo and Lewis McGugan, are likely to be moved on having barely featured under Carvalhal.

Who should Sheffield Wednesday be looking to sign this summer?

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