WISE OWL: Strange player contracts at Sheffield Wednesday

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OUR winning run came to an abrupt end on Saturday against the league leaders.

After winning two games on the trot and showing glimmers of good football, we were given a footballing masterclass on Saturday by Brighton.

Gus Poyet’s outfit are destined for bigger and better things and showed Gary Megson just how far his Wednesday team have to go before they can become promotion contenders in League One.

According to match reports at times it was men against boys - a sharp contrast to from Tuesday’s game against Tranmere where at times we showed glimpses of our early season form and out played the opposition for most of the game.

Megson said the players looked leggy during Saturday’s 2-0 defeat and took no positives from the 90 minutes.

Maybe Tuesday’s match, where every player ran their socks off and put in 110 per cent effort, took it out of the team?

But if we ever have any chance of making a push for the Championship then our players must be able to put together a string of good performances instead of just the odd one or two.

To be a decent team we must be able to grind out a result whether it’s playing fast flowing, attractive football or not.

At the end of the day it is the result when the full-time whistle goes that is the most important thing.

One player who was missing from Saturday’s line-up was captain Tommy Miller. He had a brilliant game against Tranmere and well deserved his two goals.

Many thought it was a slight hamstring strain that kept him out of the team but it has since emerged that it was due to ‘contractual reasons.’

Miller, whose deal runs out in the summer, is just a handful of matches away from activating a clause in his contract. This stipulates that Wednesday would have to offer him a new one-year contract.

Who has made this deal? It just shows the shambles the club has been run in over the years.

What would have happened if we had been pushing for promotion or in a relegation battle and then suddenly one of our best players was dropped from the team?

How many other players are on a similar sort of contract and could suddenly find themselves out of the squad with just a few hours notice.

It is a situation that needs to be sorted. We shouldn’t have players in limbo about their future at such an important time of the season.

On a brighter note the red side of the city has hit rock bottom, or more crucially the bottom of the Championship.

Although both sets of fans could have a Sheffield derby to look forward to next season if the Blades are relegated, it will be a sad day when a huge city like Sheffield finds itself with both teams in the third tier of English football.