The main topic of conversation for Sheffield Wednesday fans at the moment centres around the club tightening its belt and looking to shrink first-team numbers this summer and that lends itself naturally to player incomings and player outgoings.
As the Championship campaign of 2018/19 begins to near, whatever happens in terms of head coach Jos Luhukay’s eventual playing staff, there is another question that Owls fans can debate at this time of year.
Who do we rely upon to lead us next season with the release of Dutch defender Glenn Loovens at the end of last season?
— Dom Howson (@domhowson) July 12, 2018
The above article garnered a number of responses and there are arguments for and against each of the suggestions made in the thread. Some players stand out more than others to me admittedly, but it’s still a difficult question to answer because, at least at this stage of the summer, a number of the players who you would think more naturally lend themselves to the captaincy remain subject to some level of transfer speculation.
Whether anything comes of that speculation remains to be seen but, as Luhukay continues his preparations for the season ahead it doesn’t really matter if one man stands out, two men stand out or ten players seem viable picks for the armband next year.
He needs to prepare a list of ten to leave all options open in case the board get an offer they can’t refuse. Fair do’s that’s not new to football, every player has his price but it’s something else for the gaffer to juggle and probably explains why he’ll delay the announcement.
I go Reach I think. Bannan moans too much to the ref. Hutch if he played every week.
— Andy McElwaine (@andymcelwaine) July 12, 2018
Westwood’s a good shout.
— Isabel Nicholson (@IzzyNicholson) July 12, 2018
What about Pelupessy? Certainly has experience in the role
— Ben Thomas (@ben_swfc91) July 12, 2018
I think Lees might just edge it as he’s done it loads as stand in for Loovens
— Andrew Mosby (@AndyMosby86) July 12, 2018
@bazzabannan25 choice as captain for me. Reach if Baz ain't fit or subbed.
— keiron wilcock (@keiron1972) July 12, 2018
Misses too many games to be a captain
— Dan (@swfcdan1867) July 12, 2018
I agree, I think it effects Tom Lee’s game a bit when he’s captain, let him concentrate on his game for me. I thought Reach did a good job as captain and I thought it put an extra spring in his step but I can’t help think that Jos might bring in a Captain he’s worked with before
— D.J. Nick Prewett (@DJNICK1212) July 13, 2018
Westwood would be a good choice.
— Dee West (@WestDenielle) July 12, 2018
— Matt Dalton (@MattDaltonLad) July 12, 2018
Reach is a relevant character and would be a good rep for the club. But I am OK with Tom or Bazza also Pelupessy would be a good one.
— Inskins (@Enigma1867) July 12, 2018
This article highlights one of our weaknesses. We don’t have any natural leaders short of Hutchinson who is likely to miss too many games to be captain. #swfc
— Tim Archbould (@timarchbould) July 12, 2018