Sheffield Wednesday: Lewis Buxton calls for patience from Owls fans

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Just because Sheffield Wednesday are now bankrolled by a wealthy benefactor does not guarantee they will be successful.

That is the note of caution sounded by Lewis Buxton, who was one of 11 players released by the Championship club nearly a fortnight ago.

Owls owner Dejphon Chansiri

Owls owner Dejphon Chansiri

The Owls celebrate their 150th anniversary in 2017 and chairman Dejphon Chansiri is determined to lead the Hillsborough outfit back into the Premier League to coincide with that milestone.

More than two months have passed since Chansiri completed his £37.5m takeover of Wednesday and he is expected to increase head coach Stuart Gray’s playing budget and provide him with the funds to revamp his squad over the summer.

Buxton, who made 204 appearances in nearly seven years with Wednesday, has wished them well for the future and is keeping his fingers crossed that the club get back into the top division of English football after a 15-year absence. But the 31-year-old has warned: “A lot of players have left and it depends on what sort of investment there will be in new players and wages.

“It has been a long time since Wednesday were in the Premier League and I wish them the best of luck for next year.

“I expect it to come down to money but there’s no guarantee that if you get the players in that you will do well. You only have to look at Wigan to see how many good players they have but ended up getting relegated.”

Gray’s men finished 13th in the standings last term and Isle of Wight-born Buxton, a key performer in Owls’ 2012 promotion-winning team, has told The Star they must strengthen their forward line to push on next season.

“I know there will be lot of changes over the summer,” said Buxton, who already received interest from clubs in England and abroad. “What clubs need to go up is a striker who can score 20 to 30 goals.

“You can see that with Bournemouth and Watford who have got Callum Wilson and Troy Deeney.”

If, as expected, the Owls bring in a number of reinforcements over the coming months, Buxton says fans may need to be patient.

He said: “If there are a lot of changes, it does take a bit of time to gel and understand each other’s games.

“Sometimes you get a great mix and hit the ground running straight away. But, if you have not played with each other before, it can take time to get everyone organised as a unit.”

Of his own future, Buxton added: “Until I’ve got something signed, sealed and delivered, it is just a waiting game like all the other players who are out of contract.

“All I’m going to do is work hard in the summer and make sure that I have a really good season wherever that maybe.”

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