Over the weekend it was confirmed that Alex Lopez had been released by Sporting Gijon and some Sheffield Wednesday fans were quick to react to the news given his previous association with the club.
The 30-year-old midfielder was at Hillsborough back in the 2015/16 promotion push campaign and he left a lasting impression on fans even though he only featured in 20 games from the start but he did add eight substitute appearances across the spell – he also featured in the Play-Off tie against Brighton.
With it known that Sheffield Wednesday have to cut their cloth this summer and reduce some of our expenditure given recent seasons and a failure to gain promotion into the Premier League, the sense of doing a deal for Lopez is probably clear for everyone as he would provide manager Jos Luhukay with an alternative option on the pitch.
The savings associated with the transfer fee itself should make the issues of wages easier to swallow, but it depends if we need to get people out before bringing them in. The long-running saga of our reported interest in Portuguese defender Frederico Venancio and the confusion of a deal apparently being in place to make his loan a permanent switch, and then that being seemingly off the table hasn’t helped fans find any clarity with the current situation.
In any event, fans are clear they want to see a deal done for him this summer.
Alex Lopez would be a quality signing on a free! Was instrumental in our Play off final season… get him signed up #swfc
— George Atkin (@AtkinGeorge) June 17, 2018
It won't happen but I'm praying we re-sign Alex Lopez. Such a steal on a free. #swfc
— O.Simpson???? (@OJSimpson96) June 17, 2018
— Adam (@MysticalBannan) June 17, 2018
Alex Lopez released from Sporting. Come on #swfc go get him signed up!!
— Darren Swfc Hunter (@darren3829) June 16, 2018
Alex Lopez released by Sporting Gijon. Criminal how we never moved to bring him in permanent. I'd have him back in a heartbeat #swfc
— Rob Andrews (@Rob_Andrews95) June 16, 2018
With Joey Pelupessy being a somewhat similar player, options are never a bad thing but with Luhukay wanting to reduce the average age of the squad as well, maybe he’s not the best fit on that front. He also suffered a long-term back injury last year and only got 13 games under his belt for his former side and that no doubt played its own part in his release.
Maybe Wednesday are just the right fit for him though?