Sheffield Wednesday could be set for a busy summer under Steve Bruce.
As many as 13 players could leave Sheffield Wednesday at the end of their deals (either permanent on loan) this summer.
But unless Wednesday can cash in on some of those who are under contract, it is likely the Owls will have to patch up any holes with free (or loan) signings of their own – assuming they are not a Premier League club.
Even then, it remains to be seen whether Steve Bruce’s side could afford any of the following names – who are, unlike some of the club’s recent signings, all 26 or under – although there is no harm in trying…
Mike van der Hoorn (defender, 26, Swansea City)
The classy Dutchman would be an ideal replacement for Michael Hector should Wednesday fail to re-sign the Chelsea centre-back. Van der Hoorn’s contract is said to contain a one-year extension in Swansea’s favour, however the Welsh side’s parachute payments are decreasing by the year and it may be in their best interests to let him go.
Jonas Knudsen (defender, 26, Ipswich Town)
The Dane may be playing for the Championship’s worst team this season, but he’s an experienced (albeit still youthful enough) second-tier campaigner who scored or assisted eight goals last season, and an international for Denmark. If the Owls cannot extend the stay of Achraf Lazaar, Knudsen would be a decent alternative.
Markus Henriksen (midfielder, 26, Hull City)
Wednesday have long lacked a physical presence in central midfield, especially in Sam Hutchinson’s absence, and Henriksen could help in that regard. The 6ft-plus Norway international also boasts an impressive record for goals and assists – another area in which the Owls’ midfielders (Barry Bannan aside) have struggled of late.
Nick Powell (forward, 24, Wigan Athletic)
Speaking of goals and assists from midfield, Powell has registered six of each in 24 games this season for a struggling Championship side. Bruce is said to have wanted to sign the player – whom he once took on loan to Hull City – in a £5 million deal whilst manager of Aston Villa last summer. What an upgrade he’d be on George Boyd.
Kadeem Harris (forward, 25, Cardiff City)
Signing Rolando Aarons has arguably catalysed Wednesday’s push for the top six. However, there are no guarantees the Newcastle United winger will return to Hillsborough next season and signing Harris – who was part of the Cardiff side promoted to the Premier League last season and has since appeared 12 times in England’s top flight – would help to fill that void.
Which of the above would you like to see at Sheffield Wednesday this summer?