Dom Howson's Sheffield Wednesday: Who should be the Owls' new club captain

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Much of the narrative at Hillsborough this summer has centred around which of the high earners they would move on to reduce their costs.

Jordan Rhodes is the latest high-profile departure from the Championship club, with the striker heading to Norwich City on a season long-loan. As part of Jos Luhukay's Owls rebuild, Jack Hunt, Ross Wallace and Glenn Loovens have also departed.

As the new season draws ever nearer, Luhukay will soon have to decide who will succeed Loovens as Wednesday's new captain.

Loovens, released at the end of last season, led by example on and off the pitch. A leader in a team of too few.

Players looked up to Loovens. He commanded respect in the dressing room.

As far as Luhukay is concerned, the role of the captain is important.

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He said: “A captain must always be a personality for the team but also for the club. He’s the player who speaks to the press the most.

“It must be a player with a good character and high intelligence. He must be really professional.”

So who will step up and fill the Loovens void?

Tom Lees wore the armband in the last couple of months of the 2017/18 season after Loovens lost his place in the team. Lees is probably the favourite to land the role on a full-time basis.

But it is not beyond the realms of possibility Luhukay could go down a different route.

What about Barry Bannan as their next permanent leader? If the increased responsibility ensured he raised his level of performance by one or two per cent and culminated in him scoring more goals from midfield, it might be a move worth making.

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Sam Hutchinson is a big personality and a fine player at this level but will he stay clear of injuries? History suggests he will find it a big ask to play over half a season. A captain, in an ideal world, should be one of the first names on the teamsheet and play week in, week out.

As good a player as Lees has been for Wednesday, I think I would give the job to Adam Reach. He is capable of playing in a number of different positions and was the Owls' standout performer last season, picking up a string of awards. He has grown in stature the longer he has played at Hillsborough.

Lees is a key man for Wednesday. He is the linchpin of their defence but he is not one of the most vocal of players on the pitch and has been unlucky with injuries in recent years. Let him concentrate on his own game.

Reach has been captain before and played over 50 times last term so the pressure won't faze him.

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