One thing that has been lacking at Sheffield Wednesday for a good while now is a proactive approach when it comes to players in, and of course, players out. Immediately after our final game of the campaign I was pleased to see the retained list put out by the club, a sign of things to come.
Fans could debate until the cows come home about players who should have been offered deals and players who shouldn’t, that’s not the important thing here in my opinion, what’s actually important is that the situation has been dealt with swiftly by Steve Bruce, his staff and the club.
Recruitment plays a huge role in football, I can’t stress how important I feel it is, and when you get it wrong it has a negative effect across the board, as we all well know. While making decisions on players who would be leaving at the end of their contracts was the first step, the second is ulitmately beginning to identify and recruit new faces.
In the past, for one reason or another, we have been very slow in our approach to transfers. We’ve missed out on targets and been left to effectively pick up players that haven’t really added anything to the group in terms of quality and competition. It looks like those days are potentially behind us though if reports are to be believed, which is very promising indeed.
Reports in the German press suggest we’re closing in on a deal for 28 year old left sided cente half Julian Borner on a free transfer. Borner skippered Arminia Bielefeld last season, and is apparently set to join us now his contract with the German side is up. You can read more on this by clicking here.
Dom Howson, of the Sheffield Star, has also today suggested we’re interested in bringing in Moses Odubajo on a free transfer too. The 25 year old, who has worked under Steve Bruce previously, is a free agent after Brentford declined to take up an option on the right back’s contract. You can read Dom’s story here.
To add further weight to the feeling that Wednesday are looking to act early in the window to secure their targets, Steve Bruce himself has suggested that this is the case. Speaking recently he said, “We have got one or two things in the fire already,” but did suggest that there was a “long and difficult summer ahead.”
The signs are of course promising, and if we could do some business early and begin shaping the squad ahead of pre-season, it will stand us in good stead for the new campaign. I’ll be watching with interest to see where we’re at in a few weeks time, as will most Wednesday fans I guess.