Forward Chris Maguire has stressed the importance of Sheffield Wednesday keeping their squad intact as the January transfer window looms.
There are fears Keiren Westwood could be lured away from Hillsborough in the new year following a series of impressive performances this season. In recent weeks, the goalkeeper has been linked with a move to Liverpool.
Wednesday’s options could also be further depleted in 2015 if they are unable to extend the loan deals of Lewis McGugan and Royston Drenthe. The duo are set to go back to their parent clubs following the Owls’ trip to Wigan Athletic tomorrow night.
Maguire told The Star: “We want to keep everybody. We have a great bunch of boys.”
The Scot, who finished with 10 goals last season, praised Westwood’s contribution in the Owls’ 1-0 Boxing Day triumph over Blackpool. Westwood produced a superb reflex save to foil Ishmael Miller in the second half to preserve their clean sheet as Stuart Gray’s men secured their third win in the last five outings.
“Everybody can see he’s a top keeper,” he said. “Keiren has played in the Premier League.
“We’ve also got Chris Kirkland who is another top keeper who is pushing Keiren to keep his place. I think Keiren thoroughly deserves his place in the side. He’s kept us in loads of games this season and long may that continue.
“It is not my decision whether we keep Keiren. It will be down to the manager and the chairman if anything happens but hopefully he can stay.”
Of Westwood’s save to keep out Miller’s point blank header, Maguire added: “It happened so quickly.
“I think everyone thought it was going in. It was a similar chance to the goal we conceded against Wolves. Thankfully Keiren managed to block it out.
“It was a bit of luck we needed to come away with the three points.”