Top-3 Sheffield Wednesday players Leeds should sign to boost promotion hopes

Barry Bannan - Football Weeks

The Championship is at the stage of the season where teams just games away from achieving automatic promotion, the play-offs and avoiding relegation.

Leeds look set to finish in mid-table mediocrity as they sit too far from the playoffs without enough games to realistically make up the deficit but also won’t be sucked into a relegation battle.

The Whites could look to the transfer market this summer to strengthen the side for a promotion push next season, and we have highlighted three Sheffield Wednesday players who would walk straight in to the side to make a difference.

1. Barry Bannan

Bannan has fought for his place since getting back from injury and has already made an influence in recent appearances against Leeds and Preston.

The midfielder is an asset for any Championship side, as he boasts a wealth of experience and a great range of passing to provide United with more creativity. He’s played for Leeds before, on loan from Aston Villa in 2011.

The Scottish international has notched over 100 appearances for Wednesday, and we feel Bannan could be a useful player for the Yorkshire outfit if they tried to sign him.

2. Gary Hooper

Hooper is a well-known and experienced goalscorer who has netted in the Premier League and Championship. However, it’s fair to say the English second tier is the one division he’d fare better.

The 30-year-old made a name for himself after scoring more than 80 goals in over 130 games for Celtic, and has since impressed for the likes of Norwich City and Wednesday – the latter of whom he’s scored 11 goals with this season.

Although sidelined with injury since December, Hooper is working his way on a return before the end of the season.

3. Adam Reach

Reach may not be in the same bracket as Bannan and Hopper, but despite a lack of top-flight experience, the midfielder has made more than 250 appearances in the Football League for a host of different clubs.

The 25-year-old has been an integral part of Wednesday’s midfield this season too, making 38 Championship appearances, scoring and creating 12 goals.

He joined the Owls from Middlesborough in 2016 and would definitely help Leeds defensively as well as with retaining possession.

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