Below is my assessment;
Club captain Loovens has been a consistent and solid centre-back since his arrival at Hillsborough five years ago. Glenn is also a fantastic professional and is a player I have admired throughout his career. However, it pains me to say that the 34 year old Dutch-man has probably had his day in the starting eleven. Don’t make the assumption that I think Loovens should be shown the exit door, I still believe that Glenn has something to offer, but, admittedly I believe this is from the bench or in an off the field role. Another year at S6 is a possibility, especially as three centre-backs typically feature under new boss Jos Luhukay. Similar to Semedo last year, I find my heart wanting Loovens to stay but my head tells me there are better alternatives.
New contract probability assessment: 50%
If you’d have asked me if Pudil was worthy of a new contract in December, I would’ve certainly said no. Since Jos Luhukay’s arrival only a couple of months ago, Pudil has been one of the star performers. Additionally, the Owls number 36 can play in the left-back or centre-back role which gives him a slight advantage in my assessment. His influential performances of late in a back three, consequently leads me to expect him playing in this role permanently. At 32 years of age, Pudil still has a little left in the tank. I would be quite happy for Daniel to receive another one or possibly two year deal. Credit to him for stepping up during the hard hit injury period of regular first team players.
New contract possibility assessment: 90%
In the previous two league terms, the Scottish winger has consistently made his mark with both goals and assists. Unfortunately, we have not seen the magic that Ross is capable of at all this campaign. I still think Wallace has something to offer and is still one of the best attacking threats from distance and set-pieces. It does seem, however, that these promosing situations and opportunities have been few and far between this season. It also concerns me that Wallace will be 33 years old in May and as an outright winger, his age may determine his stay at S6. I would be surprised if he was offered a new deal.
New contract possibility assessment: 25%
Love him or hate him, you can’t deny Atdhe has stepped up a gear recently, particularly in the FA Cup whereby he has grabbed a handful of goals. If I’m honest, I’m impartial as to whether Nuhiu is offered a new deal. You could argue that every team needs a forward like the giant Kosovan, a player willing to grind out unwanted cup fixtures and appear from the bench. I look at Atdhe essentially as a defensive forward who offers something different. The big question is, is Nuhiu good enough to guide us to the promised land? The answer is no, however, on the basis of this season, you could ask the same question about a lot of the Sheffield Wednesday squad. Personally, with the amount of strikers at our disposal (when fit) I would be showing Atdhe the exit door, although, his rise in form may just have come at the right time to see him offered a new deal.
New contract possibility assessment: 50%