In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, former Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Carlton Palmer has suggested that Keiren Westwood is having a negative influence in the dressing room at Hillsborough.
Westwood, who joined Wednesday back in 2014, has been a good servant for the club. Since arriving after his release from Sunderland, he has gone on to make close to 200 appearances for the Owls.
However, the 36-year-old goalkeeper’s contract expires at the end of the season, meaning his time at Wednesday could be coming to an end.
For Palmer, though, it may not necessarily be a bad thing, with the retired England international telling FFC he has not always received positive reviews about the player from those at the club.
“From what I’ve heard previously, and especially under the managers that I know that have managed there like Garry Monk, I don’t hear good things about Keiren in the dressing room, I really don’t,” Palmer revealed.
“He might be one of those that, you know, you need to move on. If you’re going to have a successful football club, you’ve got to have a good team spirit. You’ve got to have everybody singing from the same hymn sheet.”
Going into more detail, the ex-Wednesday player added:
“If somebody is unhappy about a little thing, it now becomes a big thing because somebody’s unhappy about something for them and spreads it and then he talks and then that goes into the dressing room. And I believe too much of that’s happened at Sheffield Wednesday.
“And I think Keiren’s been a big part of what’s gone on there, that’s what I’ve heard. So I wouldn’t be rushing to tie him down at this moment in time.”
Next up for Westwood and Wednesday is a tough clash against 2nd-placed Watford when the Championship returns.