Having sanctioned a reported £1.6million move for fullback Jack Hunt to Bristol City earlier this month, a number of Sheffield Wednesday fans probably assumed that we did have a replacement in mind – whenever we actually get around to signing somebody this summer.
That isn’t the case however, as manager Jos Luhukay has explained to the Star that he believes we have enough strength in depth at the club so he’s not looking to replace the 27-year-old and whatever transfer funds are available to him, will be utilised in other areas of the pitch as we continue cost-cutting this summer.
The interview took place after our opening pre-season friendly of the summer against Lincoln City at Sincil Bank – Luhukay used two players in the position across the course of the game.
“It is a question of what we have in that position. We saw against Lincoln in the first half Ash Baker play in that position. We saw Liam Palmer in the second half. We have options in that position.”
21-year-old Ash Baker made his senior bow in the 5-1 defeat to Norwich City and 26-year-old Liam Palmer is approaching 200 games for the club but slipped down the pecking order after Hunt arrived from Crystal Palace.
It’s fair to say in some senses our strength in depth relies on a player Luhukay didn’t fancy and then a hopeful still learning his game. Not what fans would naturally want to see.
With no replacement incoming, hopefully, Palmer now takes his chance to impress and Baker can step up quickly when he’s called upon as he gets his own career going.