Central midfielders may soon be at a premium

Last updated : 09 January 2008 By Chris Morris

With speculation being followed by an official bid for Glenn Whelan the Owls options in the centre of the park may soon be very few indeed.

Although an initial bid from Plymouth for Whelan has been rejected it is unlikely that this is the last we will hear of this given the players' contract situation.

In addition to this, the managers recent comments in relation to Yoann Folly and the fact that he was left out of the squad at Derby, allied with his transfer request means that he is far from being 1st choice in the future in this position either.

Kenny Lunt does not seem to feature in the 1st team plans either. He was the only real player with current 1st team credentials to turn out for the reserves on Tuesday (other than Richard Wood who played as part of his rehabilitation from long-term injury) and hasn't been given a look in at all this season.

That leaves Steve Watson, who also has to fill in along the back-four when needed and has been unable to maintain match fitness for a prolonged run of games this season. Sean McAllister has had two loan spells in league 2 this season, suggesting the club feel he is not cut out for Championship football at this stage and while Burton O'Brien is capable of filling this role it is not his preferred position and his improved performances on the left-side of midfield have been one of the few plus points so far this season.

It is thought that Wednesday will look to get a midfielder in if they can generate funds through sales in this transfer window. The return of Graham Kavanagh, who had a successful loan spell at the club earlier in the season, has been mooted but in my opinion this would be a short term solution to a long term problem as at 34 years of age anything more than an 18 month contract would be unrealistic. Whelan may not have been at his best this season but at 24 he still has his best years to come and if he were to be sold Wednesday should be looking for someone of a similar age with experience to replace him in the long term.