Well the football season is finally over and we now have two months of wondering who our clubs will be signing for next season’s frolics.
Star reporter Dom Howson has suggested Wednesday need more quality rather than quantity, which I think most fans will agree with, and has suggested four defenders that he thinks are likely candidates for an Owls spending spree.
Two of those mentioned have apparently been on the radar for Wednesday in the last year, but I am surprised that Dom has mentioned them again. Both players are in their mid-20s, and one made 16 league appearances, and the other 17, for their clubs last season. That number of appearances is less than half the games their clubs will have played last season, so either they have had injury problems or their clubs don’t think they are good enough to hold down a regular place in the team.
The last thing that Wednesday need is more players who are no better than what we already have, and players in their mid-20s should be at their peak now and playing regularly.
Meanwhile, at The Lane, United have spent so long in the lower division that they seem to want to bring every player from that level up into the Championship with them. I hope for United that the lad from a team, Hartlepool, who dropped out of the league, can step up to that level. The same can be said for the lads from Portsmouth, Southend and Charlton, all teams from the lower divisions, that United are either interested in or have signed.
If any of those players are in our sides next season then I hope they turn out to be better than what our teams already have. At the moment I wouldn’t consider them as signings that will make supporters’ hearts pound with excitement.
I also dread reading that Wednesday have signed some unknown as, “one for the future”.
We already have a Portuguese striker in his 20s who arrived as one of those, and the way things have gone he will be in the Owls over 35 side before he comes good.
So let us see what the next couple of months brings for our two clubs, and let’s hope they both push on by being bold in the transfer market.
You never know, at the end of next season we could have two clubs going up into the Premiership.
Wouldn’t that be great for Sheffield.