“We’re Sheffield Wednesday, we’re on our way back.” Despite having to play Brighton over two legs in the highly-anticipated Championship play-off semi -inals, the 2015/16 season has already proven that Sheffield Wednesday can once again be a force at the highest level of English football.
Beating Premier League sides Newcastle United and Arsenal in the Capital One Cup this season suggests that Wednesday can more than compete in the Premier League. The talented Westwood, Lees, Hutchinson and Hooper provide a spine in the Owls squad that for me all have that top flight quality. Lee, Bannan and Forestieri consistently fight like dogs to increase the chance of victory on the field of play, and also have the ability to play at any level.
Wednesday already have a Premier League stadium and in my opinion we also have the right chairman and manager to go with it. Without getting ahead of myself, ‘if’ Sheffield Wednesday reach the Premier League via the play-offs, we ARE ready.
Dare I say it? The play-off final is on May 28 and a trip to Wembley would be more than welcome for the long-suffering supporters. Having already reserved a Wembley hotel, plus booking a day off work, it is safe to say whatever happens in the remaining two or three games this season, I am proud of Sheffield Wednesday’s business on and off the field.
The Owls have progressed dramatically in the last nine months. Having looked at the bottom half of the table most of my life, this season has provided me with heart-warming satisfaction knowing that we have pursued a top-six finish. Words cannot express how delighted I am knowing that we also have a chance to play Premier League football once again next term.
Should the play-offs bring heartbreak to everyone involved with the club, we come back stronger next season, right? Thanks to the Chairman, Dejphon Chansiri, Sheffield Wednesday are structured to continue improving. Whether the S6 club remain in the Championship or clinch Premier League glory, I only expect Chansiri and Carvalhal to add further talented players to the squad over the summer.
Both of the semi-final play-off legs will be accompanied with a party atmosphere whatever the outcome. A trip to Wembley seems so close, but yet so far. With nobody to fear, there is no reason why Sheffield Wednesday should not be entertaining the Premier League champions at Hillsborough next season. Best of luck to everyone involved at S6 ahead of the two fixtures. I believe…