Why Sheffield Wednesday need to go all guns blazing to sign Michael Hector in the summer

Following a big game, the Sheffield Wednesday kit staff must be becoming accustomed to top quality strikers tumbling out of Michael Hector's back pocket: Billy Sharp, Lewis Grabban, Neal Maupay - they've all been shut out by the Jamaica international at some point this season.

By Richie Boon
Wednesday, 24 April, 2019, 15:17

The Chelsea loanee's contract is about to enter its final year, and with the Blues looking unlikely to afford him a spot in their squad next season, the powerful defender will surely be looking for a permanent move away from Stamford Bridge. The 26-year-old put in another stirring performance against Bristol City on Monday, and is becoming an increasingly popular figure at Hillsborough - the club should do all in their power to secure his services on a permanent basis.

Hector is a man in his footballing prime, and his towering presence on the field has become an invaluable weapon in the club's arsenal. He's formed a highly promising partnership with Tom Lees, and it would be a travesty to see the dynamic duo torn apart at the end of the season.

Michael Hector

With the Owls coming on leaps and bounds under Steve Bruce, a Lees-Hector partnership could prove pivotal to the side's chances of finally returning to the top tier next season; if they don't somehow manage to pull off the feat next month, that is.

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Cast your mind back to the last Steel City derby – a gritty, goalless draw, played out against a backdrop of teeming rain and tension. Through the downpour, Hector was an unmovable force, like some kind of glorious mash-up of his Trojan prince namesake and superhero Aquaman, earning himself the Man of the Match award.

A derby hero with a big game mentality, most likely available on the cheap - Bruce has got to make securing his signature the number one priority when the window opens, surely?

Of course, as we all well know, it's never that simple - he might attract attention from a more high-profile club, Chelsea could raise their asking price after his stellar season, his wages may be deemed to high, or, the potential transfer embargo that continues to cast a dark shadow over Hillsborough could become a grim reality.

A footballing nomad, who's been on the books of a staggering 17 clubs, Hector looks to have finally found a home with the Owls. Will a deal be struck? Only time will tell...