“I think probably Sheffield Wednesday have kept a few players too long…” - Glenn Loovens gives his thoughts on Owls movement
Ex-Sheffield Wednesday captain, Glenn Loovens, thinks that Sheffield Wednesday need to sell more players in order to invest in the future of the club.
Loovens, now 37, left the Owls back in 2018 after a successful spell at Hillsborough that lasted almost five years, with many fans believing that he left a big hole in terms of the levels of leadership that he brought to the club.
Now, a couple of years later, Wednesday are battling relegation rather than pushing for promotion, and the Dutch defender believes that they’ve been guilty of holding onto people too long rather than capitalising on their value.
There has been talk in the past of big money offers for the likes of Fernando Forestieri and Adam Reach – the former left for free in July and the latter is out of contract in a few months – but Lucas Joao (now flying at Reading) is the only player that the Owls have sold on for a decent fee.
Speaking to The Wednesday Week podcast, the former Owls skipper gave his thoughts on the matter, saying, “I think probably Sheffield Wednesday have kept a few players too long, and some left at the end of their contracts.
“As a club it’s never good business to leave so many to go out of contract. It’s football, but it’s business as well. It needs to be viable to live as a club, and I think as a club they’ve wasted some money as well…
“It’s easy talking after something has happened, but as a club sometimes you need to sell your best players on to make money and invest in new players.”
Wednesday have almost an entire squad of players who will see their contracts expire at the end of this season, and while Barry Bannan recently committed his future to the club, the likes of Reach, Tom Lees, Keiren Westwood, Kadeem Harris, Joost van Aken and Jordan Rhodes are just some of the names who could well head for the exit absolutely free of charge.
Of the 11 players that started the 3-0 defeat to Brentford earlier this week, eight of them won’t be at the club next season as things stand, and there’s been no word from the club yet on who could be sticking around.