How appointing Steve Bruce could lead to reprieves for exiled Sheffield Wednesday pair
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How appointing Steve Bruce could lead to reprieves for exiled Sheffield Wednesday pair

Steve Bruce has met with Sheffield Wednesday about succeeding Jos Luhukay, according to the Sun.

Whether or not the former Aston Villa manager takes the Dutchman’s job remains to be seen, however, there are at least two Owls players who may be hoping he does.

Neither Keiren Westwood nor George Boyd have featured in Luhukay’s recent plans – indeed, the former has yet to feature in a single matchday squad since the 55-year-old’s arrival.

But having played under Bruce at Sunderland and Hull City, respectively, the pair’s capabilities should be well known to the prospective Wednesday boss.

This is what he’s said about them previously:

The Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper, Keiren Westwood (Photo by Shaun Brooks /Action Plus via Getty Images)


On Westwood

After signing him from Coventry City (Chronicle): “Keiren has proved to be an exceptional goalkeeper both in the Championship and at international level.

“He has been one of the best in this country outside of the Premier League in recent seasons.

“We are delighted Keiren sees his future here at Sunderland.”

After he replaced Simon Mignolet in Bruce’s side (Sunderland Echo): “If Keiren had been an outfield player, he might have had a chance by now.

“But there’s only ever room for one goalkeeper in the side and Simon was great for us last season and deserved the chance to start the current one.

“I’ve been really pleased with Keiren though, because he has been so impressive on the training ground and extremely professional when he wasn’t starting games.”

The Sheffield Wednesday midfielder, George Boyd (Photo by Paul Jenkins/Action Plus via Getty Images)

On Boyd

After his debut for Hull (BBC Radio Humberside): “It was a wonder show. His work-rate and intelligence – he looked the real deal.

“I’ve always been a big admirer, but I didn’t know he was that good. If he can keep performing like that then we’ve got some player on our hands.”

After selling him to Burnley (Daily Star): “George Boyd is someone I was tempted to keep. He is such a great lad, a great pro and easy to manage. It was the little things with George.

“He’s a wonderful lad. If your daughter came home with him, you would be delighted. He is such a great lad and a really good person.

“After the (2014 FA) Cup final, he came up and shook my hand.

“He said, ‘I never thought I would ever get anywhere near a cup final, can I buy you a beer to thank you’. Things like that say a lot about George.”

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