Few Sheffield Wednesday fans expected more than we got on Tuesday evening as we faced off against Wolverhampton Wanderers and their largely Portuguese led revolution in recent seasons.
Hosting them at Hillsborough for the second round of the EFL Cup, even rotation saw them include the likes of Adama Traore and their bench was impressive. Manager Jos Luhukay took the chance to make changes himself and share the game time around, but one of the key talking points to come out of the tie was a missing man.
With Owls fans hoping that we will be busy in the loan market ahead of Friday’s deadline, Wolves not naming Danny Batth in their matchday squad was a surprise and a number took to social media to deduce it meant only one thing – our former loanee was set for a third return.
The 27-year-old has been at Hillsborough twice in this career, a short spell in the second half of the 2010/11 campaign, and then the full 2011/12 season and boasts over 50 appearances across those spells.
— Tom Sellers (@TomSellers21) August 28, 2018
Danny Batth not in wolves team get him here
— owlscatch22 (@martinlawler6) August 28, 2018
— Christopher Bly (@BlyChristopher) August 28, 2018
Batth not in the squad hopefully means he’s signing for Wednesday https://t.co/VF94YjAiX1
— Dylan Bayes (@DylanBayes) August 28, 2018
I seriously hope so!!
— Adam Halford (@prettygreen1980) August 29, 2018
— Never Back Down (@Still_Alive_44) August 29, 2018
I hope Danny Batth's omission from the Wolves squad last night means he's coming home to S6. He's absolutely the player who could really help us at the moment. #swfc
— Andy McElwaine (@andymcelwaine) August 29, 2018
With game time limited despite being officially their skipper, he’s yet to feature for Wolves this season given the competition in their ranks, and unless an unannounced injury had kept him out, I can see why the assumption was made.
Wolves gaffer Nuno Espirito Santo did imply post game that he could be leaving before the window shuts as well, but the interview I saw didn’t confirm or deny interest from us.