Aden Flint’s time as a Sheffield Wednesday player is over.
The giant centre-half has returned to Cardiff after playing just four league games for the Owls, and unfortunately, due to ongoing injury problems, we never really got to see the best of Flint at Hillsborough.
There’s no doubting that Flint is a good defender at this level, after all, he’s tasted playoff football with both Middlesbrough and Cardiff, but unfortunately, Wednesday didn’t get the chance to see him at his best.
We’ve spoken before about how Flint’s return from injury could have helped Wednesday improve, and while this departure would have been a hammer blow this time last month, things aren’t looking too bad right about now.
Indeed, the emergence of Chey Dunkley as a centre-back option over the past month has really helped Wednesday’s defence settle, and with fans calling for the ex-Wigan ace to be made captain on more than one occasion, it seems as though the Owls won’t be missing Flint all that much after all.
Wednesday have conceded just six goals in the five games Dunkley has played in this season, which is a solid record.
Dunkley really looks like a leader at the back, and while Flint looked as though he could be that man when he arrived in the summer, he’s been usurped by the Dutch 28-year-old.
The fact of the matter is, Flint may not have had a route back into the side after Dunkley’s emergence, especially with Tom Lees’ improved performances in recent weeks, and if whoever the new manager is can get Julian Borner back to the level we saw him playing at when he first joined the club, the Owls’ defensive problems will be behind them.
Flint may be gone, but Dunkley is here to stay, and that’s a reassuring thought for every Wednesday fan.