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Apart from the business they’ve done with Middlesbrough a couple of years back, Sheffield Wednesday haven’t really been on any spending sprees as of late. For that reason, their record transfer is still Jordan Rhodes’ £10.5m arrival in 2017/18 from the aforementioned outfit.
And interestingly enough, that move eclipsed the previous record holder from Middlesbrough, Adam Reach, who arrived a year earlier for a reported fee of £5.3m. There are two more transfers from 2015/16 and one more from 2016/17 in the top then and the rest are, intriguingly, from the 90s.
This tells us quite a bit about their transfer policy now and their transfer policy back then when football wasn’t nearly as expensive or as lucrative as it currently is. That brings us to the Owls’ biggest transfers away from the club.
And unsurprisingly, the situation is quite similar in that end as well with their top sale being that of Darko Kovacevic to Real Sociedad in 1996/97, just a year after his arrival from Red Star Belgrade, for £7.2m.
They did, however, sell Lucas Joao to Reading in 2019/20 for a reported fee of £4.8m, which is now their second-highest sale to date but also the only in the top 12 that’s been done after 2010.
If we are talking about the Owls’ modern history and the best players to come from abroad who have donned their colours, we have to mention the likes of Lewis Buxton, Danny Batth or even Madjid Bougherra who didn’t really spend that long with the team but was still incredible every time he played.
But of course, there are many arrivals at the club who ended up etching their names in the history books of Sheffield Wednesday, one way or the other. Not many remember Andrew Wilson since he was active in the early 90s but he made an incredible impact following his transfer from Glasgow Clyde.
And then there are the likes of Chris Waddle, Derek Dooley, David Hirst and of course, Roland Nilsson. Needless to say, it’s difficult to list all the most influential figures to have been bought by the club as there are so many and some are bound to be missed.
Still, this is already quite a formidable list up there and it just goes to show you how big of a club we’re actually talking about.