Alan Biggs at Large: Owls need new faces all over the pitch but it’s strikers that will cost

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Releasing 11 players is a fairly big clue – and declaration of intent – on how many signings Sheffield Wednesday will make this summer.

Maybe not quite that many but close – and yet it’s only one target area that creates the most attention.

Considering a lack of goals, it might seem strange that the one department (other than goalkeeper) not subject to a big shake-up is the forwards, with Gary Madine the only departee.

From Stevie May, Sergiu Bus, Atdhe Nuhiu and Caolan Lavery (plus Will Keane if he is loaned back) you’d have to think there’s more to come.

All are capable. Adding a single player of proven marksmanship will be vital. Two a bonus.

And it’s possible that satisfying that need could be (almost) as expensive as filling all the other slots combined.

But the importance of adding more authority, creativity and pace to midfield is equally valid.

The supporters who’ve kept drawing attention to that are right and the release of four gives scope with Lewis McGugan one confirmed target and Blackburn winger Ben Marshall likely another.

Not forgetting that the Owls parted with no fewer than six defenders. Cover is needed right across the back.

As for names, I think this regime will keep its cards even closer to its chest.

And you can’t really blame them for that, especially after Adam Pearson’s stunning (but hopefully largely incidental) early defection for Leeds.