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Sheffield Wednesday: Old boy Jon Newsome on the signing the Owls must make this summer

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An imposing central defender with the gift of the gab should be Sheffield Wednesday's top summer transfer target, says the man who once played at the heart of the Owls rearguard.

Wednesday are light in defence after allowing former skipper Glenn Loovens to leave at the end of last season.
A confident figure ready to make his voice heard is needed to replace him before the new Championship campaign kicks off in August, reckons Jon Newsome.
"They could do with a vocal, commanding centre-half, possibly with experience, who who will be a leader on the pitch," the 47-year-old said.
"He needs to be a talker. That would be my priority signing in the summer. I quite liked the way they were playing three at the back towards the end of last season."
Centre-back Newsome spent six seasons at Hillsborough over two spells before being forced to retire through injury in 2000.
He regular watches the Owls home and away and is keen to see additions in other areas of boss Jos Luhukay's squad as well
"They could do with an athletic, strong midfielder who gets up and down the pitch, a bit like Sam Hutchinson," he said. "I'd also like to see some pace out wide."
Last term were wrecked by a long injury list, although Wednesday picked up in the final 10 matches as key men such as Fernando Forestieri and Barry Bannan returned while Luhukay trusted in striker Atdhe Nuhiu and wasn't afraid to give game-time to youngsters.
"If the injuries have all cleared up, that will be like having half a dozen new signings," Newsome said.
"What they've already got is a very, very good under-23 squad, which they tapped into last season because of the injuries. Those players need to be given a chance. The manager seems to be the right kind of guy to do that.
"Jordan Thorniley (centre-half), I like. He stood out."
Wednesday's 16th-placed finish, after they had reached the play-offs in the previous two years, came as no surprise to Newsome.
"It was obviously a disappointing season but they ended on an up," he said. "It was vital they did that so there was some optimism going into the close season and then pre season.
"It wasn't a massive shock that last season happened as it did. When they finished fourth the year before, they didn't have a particuarly good season. When they reached the play-off final the year before that, they over-achieved massively.
"There were high expectation levels from players and fans but the team didn't really kick on. As other clubs progressed, Wednesday stagnated and actually went backwards a little bit.
"The injuries were a massive thing. I do think a lack of fitness could have been a contributing factor to there being so many injuries. It's a tough, prolonged, twice-a-week campaign."
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