What Sheffield Wednesday need for the Championship

If Sheffield Wednesday get promoted to the Championship they were shown against Blackpool that Milan Mandaric will have to invest if they are to survive. They were comprehensively beaten and although they did make seven changes from their game against Yeovil, they clearly do not have the squad depth to succeed in their ambitions.

They do have some quality in the squad with Gary Madine a good goal scorer in League 1 but a question he has to answer is will he score enough goals to keep them in the Championship? Jose Semedo is a very good holding midfielder that loves to break up the play and is difficult to get past. And in Lewis Buxton they have the best right back in the division and should do a decent job in the Championship. Last time they were in League 1 they also had the best right back in the division in Frankie Simek who unfortunately suffered with injuries after they got promoted and the Owls will be hoping Buxton does not suffer the same fate.  Also, in goal they have experience in Nicky Weaver and Stephen Bywater, as well as the promising Richard O’Donnell so they will probably not have to invest in this area of the team.

But they will struggle at the back with Reda Johnson currently doing a good job at left back but may not be seen as a long term solution. In the centre of the defence is where I see the main problem as Rob Jones is very good in the air but on the floor he is slow and was very suspect against the pace of the Blackpool forwards, although he is a very good leader and could be very important in the dressing room. Danny Baath his partner is only on loan from Wolves and if they can’t get him back they will need another as Mark Beevers has been out of sorts for the club, however, he was very highly rated and given a confidence boost he could become a solid defender in the Championship.

Midfield maybe the biggest worry for Megson as he is currently struggling with a lack of wingers, playing players out of position to fill the gap on the right. Wednesday do have Jermaine Johnson who has looked impressive in recent weeks but this could be because he is fighting for a new contract or at least looking to impress scouts from other clubs. But Johnson does provide pace and skill which no other player in the squad possesses and if this isn’t addressed in the summer then he has to stay. Chris Sedgwick is well past his best and shouldn’t be playing in the Championship next season. In the centre of midfield they have David Prutton and Chris Lines who will be good squad players but they should be looking to bring someone in to play alongside Semedo next season. Liam Palmer is well thought of but he does not have enough experience yet.

In the striker department they look like they will struggle for goals in the Championship with Clinton Morrison another one past his best and has struggled even in League 1. Ryan Lowe is untested and is not getting any younger and has not really hit the heights he and his manager were expecting. Chris O’Grady does a lot of work upfront but isn’t a goal scorer and although he will be a useful addition he should not be a permanent in the starting 11.

At the moment this is all ifs and buts because the team has not been promoted yet and still have work to do but they have enough in League 1 to get promoted and I hope they do achieve their goal because they are too big to be playing in this division and their fans deserve some joy for once.

2 thoughts on “What Sheffield Wednesday need for the Championship

  1. Interesting post. As a Blackpool supporter, we were, in 2008, in the same position SWFC almost find themselves in today. We had been promoted from league 1 (via the play-off final at Wembley), and supporters considered that we needed a severe upgrade in playing staff to compete at this level. As it turns out, we didn’t, Simon Grayson made a few additions that saw us end up in mid-table in our first season in the second tier. The season after, we were, as we were in our first season in the Championship, favourites to be relegated. This second season ended in promotion to the premier league.

    Now, SWFC are a far bigger club than we, that isn’t in dispute, financially we may be better off due to the bag of gold florins handed over for our visit to football’s top table, but we, like Sheffield Wednesday have a very, erm, “careful” chairman.

    Gary Megson, assuming he will still be there and that you do indeed go up, will need to learn to play the loan game in earnest. Ian Holloway picked the baton from Grayson and Blackpool had a lot of players in on loan for both seasons in the Championship, our single season in the Premier League, and now again back in the second tier.

    There is little or no choice. Unless, the fans come flooding back, and you can get 25,000+ for each home game, (which isn’t out of the question), but then it’s whether or not Milan Mandaric will part with A) the transfer dollars and B) money for contracts on players who want more money every week at this level.

    Carl Oyston didn’t, but it, in the end, didn’t do us much harm at all.

    Good luck to SWFC’s promotion bid, but please, feel free to beat Preston North End mercilessly at your leisure.


    • Yeah I definitely see your point, if you can work the loan market then you will have success and Charlie Adam obviously played a big part for you when he was oon loan and maybe thats what SWFC need someone who will come in and do a job, similar to what Ben Marshall did in the first half of the season. Best of luck to Blackpool for the rest of the season and looking at your side there is definitely enough quality to get promoted. Enjoy watching you play and Ian Holloway for all his antics is a very clever man and is underrated

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