Who have been Sheffield Wednesday’s star men this season?

No one can disagree that this is turning out to be a great season for Sheffield Wednesday.

With us now sitting pretty in second spot ahead of the final game of the season at home to already relegated Wycombe I think that promotion could well be on the cards although it is not time to get out the champagne just yet but we can look at the top performers for the club during this fantastic season.

During the course of the season every man has been outstanding in their own way this season but one player who has been consistent week in week out is Portuguese midfielder José Semedo. Brought in from Charlton in the summer he made an immediate impact on the pitch showing his combative determination right from the first whistle up until this point in the season with his work ethic being second to none.. Not a goal scorer but has a goal to his name and helped the team with a few assists including the cross for Gary Madine’s equaliser against United in October. Playing every single league game this season in the heart of midfield every Wednesday fan knows him for crunching tackles quickly earning him the song ‘You’ll never get past Semedo!’

Another impressive player for me this year although not our man is central defender loanee Danny Batth. Because of his age I have given him my accolade of Young Player of the Season which in my eyes he thoroughly deserves. Playing at the back with different men through the course of the season forming a strong partnership with whoever is beside him showing his strength, ball control and awareness. A young man with a very bright future ahead of him plays as if he has played for many more years than he actually has. A permanent transfer to the club for Batth in the summer would be a fantastic addition for next seasons hopeful Championship campaign but if not we wish him the best of luck at a very lucky Wolves.

When he signed from Plymouth in mid-January last year everybody recognised we signed a very strong centre back in Réda Johnson.  He seemed an ideal buy as a very competent centre half until converting into a left back for cover. Before too long manager at the time Gary Megson and the whole of Sheffield Wednesday realised he was also very capable in this position. Now running down the left channel he always looks a threat going towards goal which has seen him pitch in with seven goals along the way. This great form has even seen him earn more recognition after being called up for Benin.

When Julian Bennett was signed at the start of the season from Nottingham Forest thoughts were we had signed a high profile left back and during his first few appearances he looked a promising; dynamic defender who was able to attack. He possesses a long throw and pace but always seemed shy to cross the ball into the box. He looked a great signing but after a few weeks was ruled out with injury and Réda was there to fill the gap and Bennett was then unable to break back into the first team and when now put in the team to cover Johnson, he seems out of place trying to impress the manager too much. Once he returns to full fitness I can see him claiming his place back in the side, hopefully in the Championship.

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