Transfer Focus: Steve Bruce willing to trust Sheffield Wednesday old guard

According to the Sun’s Alan Nixon, Sheffield Wednesday are edging closer to agreeing terms over new deals for both Keiren Westwood and Liam Palmer.

Owls fans will be ecstatic to hear this news as two of their top performers now look set to stay at the club for Steve Bruce’s first full season in charge.

Key men

Both players proved their worth last season as the Yorkshire club enjoyed a fantastic upturn in form after Bruce’s appointment.

One of the manager’s first moves was to bring Westwood back into the fold after Jos Luhukay dropped him.

Palmer also saw a huge improvement in his performances after the former Villa boss took charge at Hillsborough.

The Yorkshire club were, in fact, the sixth best team in the division after the new manager came in, and the aforementioned duo’s defensive contributions were influential as they conceded just 17 goals in the final 18 games of the season.

No huge changes

Bruce has a talented crop of players on his hands at Wednesday, so his best course of action would be to keep his team together.

If the Owls can keep up the performances they showed towards the back end of last season they will be playoff contenders, and the manager will be well aware of that fact.

The 58-year-old has no reason not to trust the players who gave him such a good string of performances during his first few months at the club, and with Westwood and Palmer being two of his key players he had to do all he can to make sure they don’t leave.

This squad still contains many players who were in the team that finished fourth in the 2016/17 season, and if it weren’t for bad management and poor luck with injuries, they would have been contenders for the past couple of years.

In Bruce, they now have a competent gaffer, and if they can avoid another injury-plagued season, there is no reason this crop can’t be in and around the top six again next season.