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SWN view: Three players Sheffield Wednesday must move on this summer to aid necessary rebuild

Sheffield Wednesday have a big couple of months ahead of them and changes must be made this summer regardless of what division the Owls find themselves in next season.

Darren Moore’s side are seven points adrift of safety with eight games to go.

Wednesday’s off-field problems has coincided with a sharp decline on the pitch and despite renewed confidence under Moore, the situation is looking grim right now.

The Yorkshire club requires changes and a shake-up of their squad this summer.

Here we name three players who Wednesday ought to move on:

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Joost van Aken:

The Dutch defender joined the Owls from Heerenveen in 2017.

Van Aken penned a four-year deal at the time, but his time at Wednesday has been marred with injuries, inconsistency and several changes of direction and management.

He has played under Jos Luhukay, Steve Bruce, Garry Monk, Tony Pulis and now Moore.

Speaking to Feanonline in February, van Aken admitted he will leave Hillsborough when his contract expires as he plans to embark on a new adventure abroad in a different European league.

Van Aken’s deal is up this summer, and the club should comply with his wishes.

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Moses Odubajo:

Odubajo joined Wednesday on a free transfer in 2019. The right-back isn’t exactly a bad player, but he fills a position in which the club have several other options.

Liam Palmer can play out there, as can the currently injured Dominic Iorfa.

Odubajo would have been a regular if he could play on the opposite flank, but he is becoming surplus to requirements at Hillsborough with his last game coming in January.

The 27-year-old is out of contract this summer and should be moved on.

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Elias Kachunga:

Elias Kachunga was signed by Garry Monk to fill a specific role.

The 28-year-old, however, arguably became a victim of Monk’s dismissal as he has since seen his opportunities to make an impression at Hillsborough restricted.

Darren Moore has used him just twice, both times coming off the bench.

In Josh Windass, Kadeem Harris, Adam Reach and Andre Green, Wednesday have wide options while Kachunga’s chances of featuring as a striker remain slim.

Wednesday must look at retaining both Jordan Rhodes and Windass, and if that means moving Kachunga on to free up space on the wage bill, then so be it.

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