Sheffield Wednesday make contact with midfielder, Liam Shaw, amid talk of a deal

Sheffield Wednesday are believed to have made contact with another of their midfielders as they look to tie him down on a longer-term basis.

Friday, 18th December 2020, 12:00 am
Updated Friday, 18th December 2020, 11:14 am

Shaw has shot up the pecking order over the last year, with his introduction to the Owls’ first team being followed up by a senior debut back in July when he was brought on during the 3-0 win over Queens Park Rangers.

Now, under Tony Pulis, the 19-year-old looks set to progress even further through the ranks on the back of being given two starts already by the new Wednesday manager, who has been full of praise for the tall SWFC academy graduate.

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As Wednesday look to recover from the 2-0 loss at Nottingham Forest, The Star understands that the club are keen to extend Shaw’s stay at the club beyond the expiration of his current contract at the end of June.

It is thought that contact has been made as the club seek to make sure that Shaw is still an Owl come the 2021/22 campaign, while it has already been reported that Barry Bannan, Adam Reach and Tom Lees have all already been offered new deals.

And retaining Shaw will no doubt have Pulis’ blessing…

Though the result against Forest was far from ideal, ‘Shawy’ did get a big pat on the back from the Owls boss, who said after the game, “I thought Liam did really well and then blew up with about half an hour to go, but he looked great, I thought, first half.

Sheffield Wednesday want to offer Liam Shaw a new contract. (Pic Steve Ellis)

“I think out of the academy players, all the players I’ve seen so far, and it’s only been a month, he’s the one that you look at and you think he could be a real, real asset to the football club. I thought he was very, very good."

The talented teenager played seven senior games last season if you include his loan spell with Chesterfield in the first half of the campaign, and - after Forest - has already matched that tally in the Championship and Carabao Cup this time out.

Though we’re not even halfway through the season, one more appearance would see 2019/20 become his most productive campaign to date.

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