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Sheffield Wednesday are surely about to embark on something they’ve not quite experienced in over half a decade as come the end of the season, several substantial decisions will have had to be made over their playing squad.
Garry Monk was finally appointed as the successor to Steve Bruce in September as his reign barely lasted six months at Hillsborough after he elected to switch south Yorkshire for his hometown Newcastle.
Whether that decision has paid off remains to be seen, but you’d like to think the 40-year-old is going to get a fair crack at getting the Owls to the promised land of the top-flight.
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He’s currently been operating with a squad that has been built by his previous incumbents, so the January transfer window will hand Monk an opportunity to put his stamp down on the blue and white stripes of Sheffield.
This period of time will only kickstart a much wider series of events as the bulk of this side have contracts up at the end of the season.
An entire starting XI’s worth of players see their current deals expire this summer – including Fernando Forestieri, Steven Fletcher, Sam Hutchinson, Morgan Fox, Kieran Lee, and Atdhe Nuhiu.
Monk will no doubt sit down and have a meeting with the club’s owner Dejphon Chansiri at some stage as The Star revealed he would have a big part in any decisions, but ultimately, the final say comes down to the Owls’ chief in command.
The majority of those players out of contract have been at the club for some time, going way back to when Carlos Carvalhal was in charge, meaning the core of this squad could well be split up before next season – which may be a weird feeling for some at Hillsborough.
The south Yorkshire club also have the oldest squad in the Championship, which could well be something that the manager wants to change, meaning a lot of those players could be culled this summer.
Therefore, these players have plenty to prove to the 40-year-old if they want to hang around under his new regime – none are guaranteed a new contract.
Wednesday currently sit three points from the playoffs as they have faltered slightly in recent weeks – over the course of three of their last five matches, the side have seen points snatched from their grasp, which surely would have had them closer to the league leaders West Brom.
It’s soon going to be crunch time under Monk with the next few months likely to shape how he sees his squad lining up on the opening day next August.