Off the field, topics dominate The Owls ahead of the new season with Hillsborough Stadium being controversially sold to their owner Dejphon Chansiri for a reported £60 million to avoid breaching FA spending rules. Manager Steve Bruce left the club to join Premier League Newcastle after just 6 months in charge, with Wednesday considering legal action over compensation for the move. No replacement has been named at the time of writing.
As far as the squad is concerned, a huge wage bill needs to be addressed, with 12 players being released at the start of the summer, with more expected to follow to reduce wage costs. As far incomings are concerned, the club is still under a ‘soft transfer embargo’, likely to hinder any attempts to bring in new players for a transfer or loan fee, so far limiting the club to 3 out of contract signings, in defenders Julian Borner, Moses Odubajo and midfielder Kadeem Harris.
Sheffield Wednesday Opening Fixtures
As some respite, the club have what is arguably the easiest set of opening fixtures, facing no one who finished higher than 14th last season, and two newly-promoted clubs. An away day at Reading kicks of proceedings, with a home tie at Barnsley to follow. Next up is Millwall away with another home game against a newly appointed club in Luton. Away at Preston is rounded off by a home game against QPR.
Sheffield Wednesday Penalty Takers
Handed only 3 penalties last season, forward Steven Fletcher saw his attempt saved, while Forestieri saw his converted. On-loan Chelsea defender Michael Hector also saw his spot-kick hit the back of the net.
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A very average season last time around and with the turmoil off the field its hard to see many shining lights. Midfielders Adam Reach and Barry Bannan stand out amongst the uninspiring squad, serving 9 and 4 goals and 7 and 12 assists, with Bannan also handed a whopping 14 yellow cards. The vastly experienced Steven Fletcher notched 11 goals and 4 assists.
Sheffield Wednesday Predicted Lineup
With no new manager appointed its impossible to tell how they will line up. At a guess, it might bear some resemblance to this:
4-4-2: Westwood; Palmer, Lees, Borner, Fox; Harris, Hutchinson, Bannan, Reach; Fletcher, Nuhiu