A Celtic scout, off to Italy – What happened to the Sheffield Wednesday side that beat Cardiff City to secure a 2016 Play-Off spot

Sheffield Wednesday don’t have a particularly good recent record against Cardiff City, but a meeting between the two back in 2016 will have some very good memories for Wednesdayites...

Wednesday, 9th September 2020, 5:00 pm
Updated Wednesday, 9th September 2020, 5:33 pm
It was a good day for Sheffield Wednesday when they hosted Cardiff City at Hillsborough in April 2016. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)

The Owls face Cardiff on Saturday afternoon in their first game of the Championship season, so we thought we’d have a look back at the team that beat the Bluebirds 3-0 to secure a spot in the 2016 Play-Offs – it was a good day.

Westwood is still a Wednesday player, but hasn't been seen with the first team in months. Was recently sent to train with the U23s and looks to have played his last game for the club.
Now 29, Hunt has become a regular at Bristol City since leaving the Owls in 2018, playing over 70 games for the club over the past two seasons.

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Lees went on to become Wednesday captain but has since handed the armband to Barry Bannan. Started against Walsall in the Owls last game, but is now into the last year of his contract at Hillsborough.
Loovens was recently appointed as a talent scout at Celtic in Scotland, his former club, after retiring in 2019 halfway through his two-year contract at Sunderland. He's now focusing on his career off the field.
Pudil signed for Viktoria Žižkov last month in the Czech second tier after playing over 30 games - including a few in the UEFA Europa League - last season with Mladá Boleslav. His new club are one of the oldest in the Czech Republic.
Lee, a long-time favourite at Wednesday, is now on the lookout for the next step in his career after leaving the Owls, although there hasn't quite been a line drawn under his time at Hillsborough with no official goodbye having been said by the club. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)
One of the first names on Garry Monk's teamsheet, and now the official club captain of the Owls after the manager opted against keeping Lees in the role. Is once again expected to play a big part for Wednesday this season.
Lopez is now back in Spain after a bit of a detour into Australia with Brisbane Roar. He played 18 games in all competitions for second tier Racing Ferrol, scoring two goals for the Spanish outfit.
The hero on the day in 2016, scoring two. He found his scoring form in Australia last season at Wellington Phoenix, with the 32-year-old forward getting eight goals and five assists in 21 A-League matches prior to picking up a knock at the end of the season.
The Portuguese forward has enjoyed a blistering start to the 2020/21 season after bagging a hattrick in the Carabao Cup for Reading last weekend. The Royals paid a reported £5m for the forward last year.
After shooting up Wednesday scoring charts over his time at the club, Forestieri's spell at Hillsborough came to an end a couple of months ago after he wasn't offered a new contract. He this week signed for Serie A outfit, Udinese, after links with their sister club, Watford.
Helan shocked the football world a few months after almost helping the Owls to promotion into the Premier League, announcing his retirement 'concentrate on religion' at the age of just 24.
Now 31, the Portuguese attacker is on the looktout for a new club after opting against remaining with Belenenses SAD in the Primeira Liga. He played 27 games in Liga NOS last season, scoring once and getting one assist.
Nuhiu became only the second player this century to score 50 goals for the Owls when he bagged a brace away at Fulham last season, but he's now considering his options after his contract at Hillsborough expired. Garry Monk says a return is unlikely, but like Lee there has been no official goodbye from the club just yet.