Sheffield Wednesday fans are reacting to The Star‘s report that Sam Hutchinson’s Hillsborough future is ‘looking increasingly precarious’.
Hutchinson moved to Wednesday in 2014 from Chelsea and has played more than 150 times for the Owls.
But he has not been seen since last month’s FA Cup win at Queens Park Rangers, when he was forced off early through injury.
Speaking after Saturday’s home draw with Millwall, however, the Wednesday boss Garry Monk suggested that Hutchinson’s omission was not fitness related.
“I make the decisions,” Monk told The Star. “I try and pick the 18 and that is what you have to do on a matchday and some will be left out. It is as simple as that.”
And those of an Owls persuasion appear to be torn over Hutchinson’s situation, with the Berkshireman’s contract one of several due to expire this summer…
I wish fans would actually open their eyes and actually watch games before coming out with this ‘end of the Road’ shit. Sam Hutchinson is easily good enough to play in the championship, let alone at swfc. Bossed the QPR game until the injury
— Quinno (@quinno23) February 4, 2020
Hutch was the only player running around the entire pitch against Blackburn, trying to somehow salvage something and show some pride. Yes he gets injured but he is immense.
— Carl Thompson (@carl_crossfire) February 5, 2020
i know we are looking forward but hes saying he wants players who are willing to fight for the club and he does that he gives 100% and hes a player of actual quality and showed that if hes not injured hes brilliant and hes played most the ganes weve won this season
— Ｔａｎｇｏ Ｉｃｅ Ｂｌａｓｔ (@tango_ice) February 4, 2020
In his last game (qpr) he was the best player on the pitch before going off injured
— Andy (@swfcruler8) February 4, 2020
A class act wherever he plays. We need him on the pitch Garry.
— Robert Lowe (@RobertLowe19) February 4, 2020
dont know what hutch has done but even of he has 1 leg he is better than pellupessy
— Jordan Armitage (@Jordanswfcno1) February 4, 2020
Quality player who gives his all every game and at 30 he’s got plenty left in him. Can play CM or CB and if he’s fit and available he should be in the squad over pelupessy and hunt all day long. Plenty of players need showing the door before Hutch.
— David (@ultrasonny) February 4, 2020
Hutch has been amazing for us and when he was fit in those first few seasons he looked like a Premiership player. But he is pretty much only available 20games a season now with injuries and not the same player because of that.
— Tickedy Boo (@Dango1867) February 4, 2020
Sams been a great servant to the club. Yes it’s time to look to the future, next season, but while he’s still a SWFC player he plays. This guy wears his heart on his sleeves. Joey pelupessy is a dire replacement!!!
— Phil Dimelow (@dimelowphil) February 4, 2020
Nostalgia hasn’t done us any favours for years. Time to move forward, embrace the new, get this club moving again. Lots of these players aren’t good enough to get us promoted, that’s the reality.
— Gino Kelli (@GinoKelli101) February 4, 2020
I love Sammy to bits, even tho he is not the perfect footballer. But i love his passion and hunger above all else. And he has always shown love to Wednesday… Maybe its right not to extend footballing wise… But i was seeing him staying until retirement and going on to coach
— Sergej Odström (@SergejOdstrom) February 4, 2020
I love Sammy Hutchinson and he has been great for us but it’s now the end of the road for him unfortunately. He’s past his sell by date just like Lee, Reach, Lees Pelupessy, Forestieri, Nuhiu, Winnall and Rhodes. Clear out needed
— jagar (@jmgr90) February 4, 2020
Great player in his days at s6 and a good ambassador for the owls but with regret I hate to say his time has come just to many injuries to include him into the squad monk is trying to build im sure all wednesdayites agree & wish& thank him al the best for the future.#swfc#hutch.
— Chris turton (@Christurton7) February 4, 2020
Been a great servant and will be fondly remembered like the Lleras and Semedo’s were but that 15/16 squad has to go, need new younger faces in the dressing room. Thanks Sam. 👌👍
— Andrew Gardner (@AndyJGard) February 4, 2020
Huge clear out needed. No sentiment.
— Mr.T (@isleofwightowl) February 4, 2020
As fans it is really sad when players who have given so much come to the end of the road. Unfortunately this summer there can be no room for sentiment as we rebuild the squad. You can never say Sammy has left anything on the pitch, so he will be remembered fondly by the fans
— Matt Summerhill (@MattSummerhill) February 4, 2020
Love Hutchinson but, given everything that is going on right now at Wednesday, we can’t really afford to be sentimental. If building for the future means having to let fan favourites go then so be it #swfc
— Billy Seamus 🏳️🌈🏳️🌈🏳️🌈. (@BillyFensterFen) February 4, 2020
Hutchinson’s absence has coincided with whispers from within the Sheffield Wednesday support base about a falling-out between the 30-year-old and Monk, however, these remain unverified.
Alongside Keiren Westwood, the goalkeeper who last appeared for the Owls in November, Hutchinson missed around four months of last season after being banished by Monk’s but-one predecessor Jos Luhukay.
Wednesday have Joey Pelupessy, Massimo Luongo, Kieran Lee and Alex Hunt as alternative options in the Chelsea product’s position.