Sheffield Wednesday fans haven’t had the luxury of watching many genuinely top-class players at Hillsborough over the past decade.
The Owls’ continuous spell in the Championship has meant that Premier League-level players have been hard to come by.
With this calibre of talent passing through Hillsborough once in a blue moon, it’s vital for the Yorkshire club to keep their top players, but perhaps the best player to have been on the books in the 2010s was let go for just £1.5m.
Indeed, Michail Antonio was sold to Nottingham Forest for a small fee back in 2012, and that looks like one of the biggest mistakes the Owls have made in recent memory.
Ok, they were never going to be able to keep hold of Antonio for a long period because he’s quite clearly a player of Premier League quality, as shown by his key role at West Ham over the past few years, but letting him depart for just £1.5m looks like a ridiculous decision in hindsight.
Wednesday’s loss was Nottingham Forest’s gain, Antonio contributed to 34 goals in 59 games for the Reds, and it wasn’t long before the big boys came calling.
West Ham were happy to pay £7m for the winger in 2015, and since then he’s only gone from strength to strength.
His continued good form for the London club saw him become the subject of a £30m bid from Crystal Palace last summer, and the Hammers seem to value him even higher than that as that offer was rejected.
Wednesday were always going to struggle to keep hold of Antonio due to his quality, but they must be kicking themselves for getting just £1.5m for a player now valued at over £30m.
Selling Antonio for so little has to be considered one of the biggest blunders of the last decade.