The Owls defender has failed to win a first-team place at the Hillsborough club and leaves on loan to German side Vfl Osnabruck.
A number of Sheffield Wednesday fans have taken to Twitter to give their thoughts on the news that Owls defender Joost van Aken has joined Bundesliga 2 side VfL Osnabruck on loan for the 2019-20 season (official Wednesday website).
The 25-year-old joined the Hillsborough outfit in August 2017 from Dutch side Heerenveen for £3million - according to The Star - but has only managed 16 appearances in all competitions for the Owls, with injuries playing their part in his failure to break into the first team.
Van Aken's last competitive Owls outing came at Sunderland almost 12 months ago when he was forced off with an ankle problem and, with the likes of Tom Lees, Julian Borner, David Bates and Jordan Thorniley vying for starts at centre-back, the Dutchman is now very much surplus to requirements at Hillsborough.
The defender will immediately join up with the newly-promoted German second-tier side, the loan spell running until the end of June next year, and will hope to be involved in Monday night’s game against Darmstadt.
Here is what some Wednesday fans wrote on social media regarding Van Aken's exit:
Thanks for that 50 yard cross field pass on your home debut— Josh (@Jaybe07) August 14, 2019
That's Joost the boost they needed— Will Lowley (@LowleyW) August 14, 2019
Joost van Aken. This pretend centre back— Kelly (@s26kel) August 14, 2019
Good, Pelupessy next please x— Joseph (@JosephO__) August 14, 2019
Good luck Joost. Hope he comes back and looks the player we thought he was in those opening two games.— Andy McElwaine (@andymcelwaine) August 14, 2019
Good luck lad— joe (@joeswfc_) August 14, 2019
Good luck Van Aken pity hasn’t worked out for u at hillsborough looked promising on ur debut— Swoid (@swiddoy76) August 14, 2019
Good luck. Had horrendous run with injuries— AC (@chang_ac) August 14, 2019
Good move for all parties, he needs games— James Ratcliffe (@YorkshireJr) August 14, 2019
Brilliant bit of business for us. Another one that someone should have to pay every penny back to the Chairman for signing.— SWFC4EVA (@The5herriff) August 14, 2019
Think it's the best for him. Get him some playing time. Didn't think he was ready for the championship. Played a few good games but he had his bad spells. Would of liked to keep him for an extra option at left back but Palmer, Fox and Penney seems enough. Good Luck Joost!— Woody (@Matt_Brown1405) August 14, 2019
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