Sheffield Wednesday should try and prise Marc Roberts away from Barnsley

Hillsborough

Wednesday already took Sam Winnall from Barnsley in January, and Roberts would be an excellent capture for them.

With the dust now settled from Sheffield Wednesday's ill-fated play-off campaign, the focus has shifted towards next season and what possible recruitment the club could make to avoid the play-offs and go up automatically. 

One area of focus for the Owls and their boss Carlos Carvalhal may be the defence, and they can bolster their defensive ranks in brilliant fashion by raiding their Yorkshire rivals Barnsley once again, though this time for 26-year-old defender Marc Roberts.

Hull City's Mohamed Diame in action with Barnsley's Marc RobertsHull City's Mohamed Diame in action with Barnsley's Marc Roberts

The centre half was beyond outstanding last season for the Tykes and has just 12 months left on his existing deal, though it appears that Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom isn't letting him leave Oakwell easily, with the club rejecting bids from two different clubs for his services, as reported by BBC Sport.

Whether one of those is Wednesday remains to be seen, but it would be a case of lightning striking twice in the space of a few months for Tykes' fans, with the Owls swooping to take striker Sam Winnall to Hillsborough from Barnsley in January.

Winnall scored 11 in 22 for Barnsley before scoring three in 15 for Wednesday last season and more is expecting of him this season at Hillsborough, but signing Roberts - Barnsley's captain - would rankle Tykes' fans much more than losing Winnall.

The key to success is having a strong defence, and with Wednesday's excellent attacking options, having someone like Roberts at the back will maintain that they will win a significant amount more than they lose - whilst angering their local rivals in the process.

Hull City's Andrew Robertson in action with Barnsley's Marc RobertsHull City's Andrew Robertson in action with Barnsley's Marc Roberts

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