What Sheffield Wednesday owner Dejphon Chansiri said about transfers, Keiren Westwood and Sam Hutchinson

Sheffield Wednesday owner Dejphon Chansiri has stopped short of offering his opinion on the omission of senior men Sam Hutchinson and Keiren Westwood from first-team contention, saying it is a decision for Garry Monk alone.

Wednesday, 18th March 2020, 5:00 pm

Long-time number one Westwood hasn’t featured since defeat at West Brom in November, with replacement keeper Cameron Dawson signing a long-term deal with the club earlier this year.

Hutchinson’s last appearance came in the FA Cup win at QPR in January and the pair are understood to be training with the club’s under-23s.

They were two of the handful of senior players at the club that Jos Luhukay excluded from his plans in 2018.

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Thai businessman Chansiri said Monk has spoken enough about his decision to leave the duo out when he said he ‘knew what a successful changing room looked like.’

“First of all, I disagree with the term of freezing players out,” he told Yorkshire Live. “It is not as simple as that. Not everyone in the squad can play. The manager has to make some difficult decisions; this is his responsibility and why he is the manager. It is the same for all managers.

“Garry has explained his decisions in detail. No two managers are the same – some favour certain players, others favour other players, this is football. If you mean did any decisions made by the manager come from above him, the answer is 100% no.”

The winter transfer window saw Alession Da Cruz, Connor Wickham and Josh Windass arrive on loan. Only Jordan Thorniley and Ashley Baker were moved on.

There doesn't appear to be an imminent way back for Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Sam Hutchinson as Garry Monk offered clarity on their situation at the club.

Asked of the club’s transfer dealings, Chansiri said: “I am certain if you ask most managers in the world they will never be 100 per cent satisfied with their squad because managers always want more.

“This is healthy and normal because managers always want to improve the team which will improve the chances of success.

“In January, Garry wished to sign the three players he presented and we signed all three.”