As much as we hate to say it, it looks as though Sheffield Wednesday will be playing football in League One next season.
Of course, it’s not confirmed yet, but the 2-0 loss to Swansea on Tuesday was yet another nail in the Owls’ coffin, and with just five games to go it would take a minor miracle for Wednesday to beat the drop.
One eye already has to be on building the squad next term, and with a number of players out of contract in the summer there are plenty of decisions to be made.
One player who we believe should be kept on is Sam Hutchinson, and with the 31-year-old’s deal reportedly expiring in the summer, Wednesday need to act soon.
Chansiri already made the mistake of letting Hutchinson go once, and he can’t afford to do that again.
Now, we’re not going to say that Hutchinson has been brilliant on the pitch and that he’s earnt himself a new deal through his play, because, to be honest, very few players in the team have.
However, he has been a consistent performer and he clearly cares a lot about the club, just look at his comments after returning earlier this season,
“The one thing I would say is that I always want to be at Sheffield Wednesday. I wouldn’t have signed this contract if I didn’t want to be here,” Hutchinson said.
“I had other financials that were better, Cyprus was a lot better, but the fact of the matter is that I want to be here. And I think the more people you have that want to be here, the better it is for the club.”
As Hutchinson says himself, the more people you have who want to be at the club, the better it is for the team, and with Wednesday probably looking at a massive overhaul this summer, keeping Hutchinson could be vital for the dressing room.
Keeping him in League One wouldn’t be too difficult either, as he’s said he’d happily sign onto another deal if Wednesday were to go down.
“Yeah, 100%,” he said. “I’ve always said I wanted to be at this club, I didn’t come here for the money, I didn’t come here for anything else other than wanting to help the club and be part of something. I knew what I was getting myself in for when I signed.”
This is a player who is wholly committed to the club, and those are incredibly hard to come across, especially when you’re in such a dire situation.
Chansiri made the mistake of letting Hutchinson go once, and he can’t afford to do it again.