Sheffield Wednesday fans column: Why forward-thinking Owls must sign two new defenders

Defender Frederico Venancio
Defender Frederico Venancio
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Sheffield Wednesday mean business by announcing their retained list before the season has even finished. Big fan of planning early.

Glenn Loovens has struggled to get into the side for a while through injury. It’s sad to see him leave but putting sentimentality behind about his influence during the play-off seasons; it’s the right thing for the club to do.

This means we’re not only searching for another central defender, as Frederico Venancio’s loan agreement has also expired, we are also looking for a new club captain. It’s vital that we look for a strong leader on the pitch. A John Terry but without the morally dubious attitude.

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With youngsters like Jordan Thorniley coming through the ranks and Daniel Pudil signing a new one-year contract there are promising signs. Two new experienced defenders need to be a priority. Maybe even from the German transfer market?

Ross Wallace was the most significant surprise for me. It was inevitable but losing a character like him from the squad depletes the fun factor. He has scored some incredibly important goals for the club, provided us with memorable moments. I like a bit of cheekiness in the team it exudes morale.

New contracts have been offered to a swathe of development players; Sean Clare, George Hirst, Dan Wallis, Warren Clarke and Jack Lee. These are all players who have been making a mark (not all for the right reasons), but they are talented players that we need to continue to support and resolve any outstanding issues.

Last but least is Jacob Butterfield returning to Derby County. It’s not been a great loan spell for either party, and at times like this, it’s right just to say good luck for the future. It also brings Sam Winnall back to the club, but with a cruciate ligament injury and hints that he would like to remain in the Midlands, it’s unlikely we’ll see him in a Wednesday shirt again.

Here’s to planning for the future and starting as we mean to go on by ending this draining season with a win against Norwich City.

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