Prior to yesterday’s trip to the iPro Stadium to take on Derby County, Sheffield Wednesday sat fifth in the Championship table having won seven of their opening 14 league games.

The Owls, who lost out on promotion to the Premier League against Hull City in the 2015/16 play-off final at Wembley Stadium, are once again on course to finish in the top six this campaign and stake a claim at securing their place in the English top-flight next term.

7th August 2016 - Sky Bet EFL Championship - Sheffield Wednesday v Aston Villa - Sheff Wed manager Carlos Carvalhal - Photo: Simon Stacpoole / Offside.

Manager Carvalhal – Photo: Simon Stacpoole / Offside.

Carlos Carvalhal’s men, who next host Ipswich Town at Hillsborough on November 5, will be hoping to rectify May’s defeat and mount another serious Premier League promotion bid.

However, someone believes the Owls should be aiming a little higher than just a play-off spot, so here is SHOOT‘s Louis Shackshaft’s five reasons why Sheffield Wednesday should be aiming for the top two automatic spots…

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