Sheffield Wednesday: Old boy’s loan fear for Owls

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Owls old boy Carlton Palmer fears Sheffield Wednesday may get sucked into another relegation battle if they rely too heavily on the loan market next season.

The goals of strikers Matty Fryatt, Connor Wickham and Leon Best helped the Owls retain their Championship status last season. But, after making valuable contributions in Wednesday’s successful quest to stay up, the trio eventually returned to their parent clubs.

Palmer says the Owls must focus on bringing in the next generation to avoid signing players on a temporary basis.

“It’s a nightmare when you are relying on loan players,” he told The Star.

“Steve Clarke lost his job at West Brom last season because he lost Romelu Lukaku. Everton got him in and look at where they finished compared to West Brom.

“It was the same with Wednesday and Connor Wickham. He did really well and then went back to Sunderland. It (loan players) is a dilemma. It could be the same situation next year for Wednesday where they are fighting to stay up.

“You can’t base any sustained success on loan signings. For clubs such as Wednesday, they’ve got to look at youth.”