Sheffield Wednesday need to do a bit of spring cleaning this summer.
The Owls have an ageing squad that simply isn’t operating at the level it should, and they could probably do with trimming some of the fat.
However, it’s not just the older players’ futures that the Steel City outfit have to consider.
Indeed, there are a few U23 stars who are getting to the point in their careers where they either have to break through or be cast aside, and it seems that the Yorkshire club have a decision to make on three in particular.
Matt Penney, Jack Lee and Jack Stobbs have all been trying to make inroads at Hillsborough for a number of years, but as of yet they’ve failed to break through, making just 21 league appearances between them. With all three men in their early 20s, they need to get into the team before their careers begin to stagnate.
With the Owls struggling at the moment, there may not be any better time for them to impress in training and catch the eye of Garry Monk, but if they can’t get into the team after such a poor run, they’ll have to start questioning if it’s ever going to happen.
The players aren’t the only ones who need to answer that question – the club need to decide whether or not these three men are worth keeping on.
The answer is one that needs serious consideration as well. These are young players who could still have bright futures, but if the signs aren’t there it’s about time to let them go.
Judgement day is on the horizon for these three U23 players, and the Owls need to make big decisions on their future as they transition from being young talents waiting for a breakthrough to burdens on the club’s wage bill.