Kieran Lee has an uncertain future at Sheffield Wednesday as his contract is up in the coming months and he’s yet to be handed a new deal.
Morgan Fox, Lee, Joey Pelupessy, Sam Hutchinson, Sam Winnall, Atdhe Nuhiu, Fernando Forestieri, Jack Stobbs, Fraser Preston and Steven Fletcher are out of contract this summer, but Dom Howson of Yorkshire Live says only Fox and Fletcher have extensions on the table.
But despite Wednesday overlooking him, the Owls still might tie down Lee to a new deal because they risk being short of options in midfield next season.
Lee made 25 appearances in all competitions before the campaign was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. He lost his place in November and December but returned after Sam Hutchinson was frozen out of the first-team. The 31-year-old hasn’t always been a regular, but he’s too important for Monk to lose.
Hutchinson and Pelupessy are both out of favour at Wednesday and could be released in the coming months, leaving the Owls manager with only Barry Bannan, the injury-prone Massimo Luongo and the youngster Alex Hunt, so he can’t afford to lose Lee.
Monk may have to strengthen in the transfer market, but the Owls will have to rely on loan deals and free transfers due to their lack of a budget. Vital Sheff Wed have cited a number of midfielders who may be available this summer – Jack Rodwell (Sheffield United), Kevin Stewart (Hull City), Jack Colback (Newcastle United) – but it remains to be seen who Wednesday will go for.