Sheffield Wednesday waited patiently for Steve Bruce to arrive and take control as he recovered from two operations, but their patience was rewarded, and Wednesday had an excellent second half of the season.
The Owls only lost three games with Bruce at the helm and if they had not of started the season so badly, they may have made the playoffs, but it was not to be, and they must now prepare for an assault on the top six this year.
The Wednesday squad has some excellent players like Adam Reach, Kieran Westwood, Fernando Forestieri and Barry Bannan.
A lot of these have been in the playoffs with Wednesday before – some were part of the side that lost to Bruce’s Hull City in 2016, so they have the experience of what it takes to get to the top of the Championship.
The goals that Reach, Bannan, and Forestieri scored all show the level of quality that the Owls possess.
In terms of transfers they have only brought in Julian Borner on a free transfer from Arminia Bielefeld, while they have released Gary Hooper, George Boyd, and Almen Abidi as well as a few others, so the squad is more streamlined now.
Bruce’s side may not be the most talented in the division, but they have a lot of experience and Bruce also has a superb record at taking teams from the Championship back to the Premier League – so don’t be surprised if we see the Owls making a serious promotion push this season.