Sheffield Wednesday boss Jos Luhukay should take a chance on free agent Wes Hoolahan after the club’s transfer embargo meant they made no permanent additions during the summer transfer window.
The Owls were banned from signing any players this summer after breaking Financial Fair Play regulations, but the ban was lifted before the deadline to sign players on loan expired on August 31. This meant that Luhukay was able to bring in Michael Hector from Chelsea and Josh Onomah from Spurs on season-long loan deals.
Having started their league campaign slowly, securing just one point from the first three games, Wednesday have gone on to win all of their last three Championship fixtures 2-1 and now sit in a respectable 11th place in the second tier of English football.
Midfielder Barry Bannan has perhaps been the Owls’ best player so far during this campaign and has one goal and two assists in all competitions, but he could strike up a formidable partnership with Hoolahan if Wednesday were to target the Irishman.
Hoolahan is a natural attacking midfielder who can play out wide as well as through the centre, and he would bring a touch of class and quality to Wednesday’s side.
After 10 years at Norwich, Hoolahan left Carrow Road this summer but despite now being 36 years of age, he has expressed a desire to stay in England following his release, according to the Irish Independent.
An Irish international, Hoolahan has 43 caps for his country and three goals, meaning he has plenty of experience as well as talent to offer any potential suitor. Luhukay would be wise to target him to make his first permanent signing of the season and on a free transfer, any deal for the former Blackpool man would be relatively risk free.
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