Former Owls midfielder Carlton Palmer has explained what must happen to the Sheffield Wednesday squad next season.
The Owls were soundly beaten by mid-table Queens Park Rangers last night after racing into a three-goal lead in the opening 15 minutes.
Forward Sylla added a fourth from the penalty spot after the break before Fernando Forestieri and Atdhe Nuhiu reduced the Owls’ arrears.
The defeat left Wednesday 17th in the Championship table after back-to-defeats; ten points away from the relegation zone.
Wednesday have struggled with a number of long-term injuries this season including Kieron Westwood, Sam Hutchinson, Kieran Lee, Barry Bannan and Fernando Forestieri.
Bannan, Lees and Forestieri have all returned to the starting 11 in recent weeks but former Owls star Palmer believes Wednesday should not be relying on senior players.
The former midfielder has said that senior players have failed to 'step up to the plate' this season and believes the squad must be balanced out ahead of the next campaign.
He tweeted: "I know supporters might be disappointed by SWFC results. Don’t be, we don’t want a false dawn. End of season results when you have nothing to play for mean nothing.
"If we win games everyone will think 'yeah senior players back we will be alright next season'.
"The truth is we won’t. Senior players have being injured and have failed to step up to the plate when required.
"Their needs to be a balancing out of our squad we have no legs and not enough b****** for want of a better word. Recruitment vital for us to mount a challenge next season.
"Let me quantify my argument; in our successful side their was no weak characters.
"If there was they did not survive, second best was not accepted by us as individuals and we put it on each other so standards were upheld."