Player quotes prove Sheffield Wednesday already have a target on their heads in League One
Sheffield Wednesday certainly won’t have it all their own way in League One next season.
The Owls were relegated to the third tier for the third time since the turn of the century earlier this month and face what manager Darren Moore has described himself as a ‘rebuild’, with no fewer than 10 senior players set to be released at the end of their contracts next month.
But Moore’s men will also have to overcome the pressure of being a prized scalp for many sides, given the size of the club.
Promoted from League Two, Bolton Wanderers captain Antoni Sarcevic said as much to The Bolton News, name-checking the Owls when discussing the Lancashire club’s chances of success in the third tier next season.
The style of play Wednesday and other traditionally ‘big clubs’ are under pressure to play, he said, is one his side are confident of matching.
“A lot of us have said the league might suit us better,” said the former Plymouth Argyle man. “I honestly think this team can step up to the next level, and more.
“Going up the league with the way bigger teams want to play I think it will be a better game of football.
“We have a year of experience now playing the way the manager wants to, and the core of this squad is definitely capable of going and playing that way again against the Sunderlands, the Portsmouths and the Sheffield Wednesdays ”
Wednesday’s clashes with Bolton next season could offer an emotional return for midfield man Kieran Lee, who left the Hillsborough club last year and has been in excellent form for Wanderers.