Sheffield Wednesday have confirmed in their 2019/20 retained list that Sam Winnall will be released at the end of his contract. The 29-year-old has struggled for form and playing time, falling behind five players in the pecking order, so his departure has been on the cards for some time.
Winnall joined Wednesday from Barnsley in 2017 and has gone on to make 43 appearances in all competitions, scoring six goals and making two assists. The English striker has featured a fair amount under Garry Monk, making 17/43 appearances this season, but the majority of his outings have come from the bench.
Steven Fletcher, Fernando Forestieri, Connor Wickham, Jordan Rhodes and Atdhe Nuhiu have been preferred in attack, so Winnall has only amassed 737/3870 minutes of playing time across the board. The 29-year-old’s only league goal this season came back in September 2019 too, so he won’t be missed.
Monk hasn’t given Winnall an appearance in any competition since January and has left the striker out of the matchday squad since the beginning of February, so Wednesday don’t need him next season. The 29-year-old earns £0.83m-a-year/£16k-a-week too, so getting him off the wage bill would save the Owls a lot of money.