On the day that Sheffield Wednesday owner Dejphon Chansiri made the bizarre (albeit, to be fair, quite classy) decision to congratulate rivals Sheffield United on attaining promotion to the Premier League given the greater spotlight that would now fall on Sheffield, manager Steve Bruce is beavering away on plans for the last game of the season, and what kind of overhaul he wants to enable us to better challenge in 2019/20.
With a long unbeaten run following his official arrival at the very end of the January window, our turnaround in form speaks for itself when you consider there is disappointment that we just missed out on a potential Play-Off spot – nobody expected that to happen a few months back.
When we bring the curtain down on this years’ Championship campaign against Queens Park Rangers this weekend, Bruce knows we can be proud of what we have achieved, but he’s not blind to the massive decisions he now has to make about the playing squad and which players, if any, to offer new deals to.
Speaking to the Official Site yesterday, he explained.
“We will fall short this season but it’s been some turnaround and they have done very well from where they were. Now it’s a big summer ahead, of course for any football club not just our own, and some big decisions to be made. Because of the run and the level of performance, there are one or two that I would have liked to see a little more of. It’s good to see Kieran Lee, for example, we all remember what a good player he is and he looked really, really well – he’s had a tough time, so has Hooper and Onomah and it can take time to get up to speed so we have to be clever with them. We’ve seen bits and pieces of almost everybody so all of them have done well and we have big decisions to make.”
Fans have their own choices on what Bruce should or should not do this summer, but this was why he was brought in so we have to wait for his opinion now.