Sheffield Wednesday’s relegation to League One could be confirmed as early as tonight, depending on their own match and other results across the league.
The Owls welcome Blackburn Rovers to Hillsborough Stadium and will need to see a strong reaction having lost won just once in their last five outings.
If the south Yorkshiremen are defeated, and relegation rivals Derby County win at Preston North End, then their fate will be sealed way before the season’s end.
And whilst manager Darren Moore, assistant Jamie Smith and the rest of the Owls set-up haven’t given up hope of survival, it seems hugely unlikely, so they ought to make some decisions now with one eye on the future.
It’s rather plausible that they lose many of their high-earning key stars in the summer and with relegation all but confirmed, it would be wise to give a run out to several players who should certainly be around next term.
One of which should be Andre Green, the rarely-seen January arrival who signed an 18-month deal following his exit from Aston Villa.
Smith threw the gauntlet down to the 22-year-old winger after a decent cameo from the bench against Bristol City on Saturday – he’s a player that could prove to be an integral part of Moore’s plans next season.
“Andre has got a lot of potential and hopefully he will fulfil that with us,” revealed Smith to YorkshireLive. “Andre looked a threat when he came on and got in behind them a couple of times.”
If given a chance from the off, it would only be Green’s second start since joining the Owls, but he’s a very viable option in attack as he can play wide and through the middle, where he has drawn praise as a “real handful” by former Charlton teammate Lyle Taylor.
Earlier this month, the young attacker dropped a huge statement by impressing for the U23 squad and now he’s backed that up with an eye-catching impact at the weekend, he must be handed a start.
According to Green’s former Villa boss Tim Sherwood, he’s “got ridiculous pace and goes past people like Ronaldo used to” and is a player with “great ability”
That calibre of player cannot be rotting away on the bench when you’ve got to fight for every point and at the end of the day – Championship or League One – he’ll be here, unlike the many other out-of-contract wingers at Hillsborough.
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