Exclusive: Sheffield Wednesday Legends Make Bold Play-Off Prediction

Sheffield Wednesday legend Chris Waddle has discussed where he feels the club could end up this season under Danny Rohl, and it will delight supporters.

Waddle is still revered by the blue half of Sheffield, having played 147 times for the club, scoring 15 goals. While at Hillsborough, he was voted Football Writers Player of the Year, the only time a Wednesday player has won the award.

The 63-year-old arrived from Marseille in 1992 for £1m and won the League Cup in his first year when it meant something. Owls’ fans still respect his opinion, and he’s been discussing with The Real EFL where he sees the club this season.

It will delight one half of Sheffield to know that Waddle is hopeful Danny Rohl, who joined the club in October after a horrible start to the season, should be able to maintain the excellent form that saw them pull away from the bottom three.

“There’s a lot of talk of the playoffs in the area this year, and we’ll see who he signs,” said Waddle, referring to 35-year-old Rohl.

“If he gets the right players, there’s no reason he can’t carry the form when they finish the end of the season.”

When asked whether he felt The Owls were promotion contenders, Waddle was initially a little coy, given some of the talent in the division.

“They’ve got United down this year. I’m not saying anybody yet.

“We’ve only got a small squad at the minute and the derby’s back on. Leeds is still down the road. There’s a lot of teams within a couple of hours of Hillsborough.”

In a recent article with us, Waddle accused Dejphon Chansiri of ‘ruining‘ Wednesday, and it seems the chairman is going to be the difference between success and failure. That’s because Waddle believes that despite the local derby matches, with the right players, Rohl could get the Owls into the top six.

“It’s going to be a good season, a hard season, and let’s hope Wednesday are nowhere near the bottom; that’s what I’m looking at, nowhere near a relegation battle,” added Waddle, who won 62 caps for his country.

“If he’s allowed to get the four, five, six players he needs, he’ll not be far short of the playoffs.”

Despite a terrible start last season, under Rohl the club eventually finished 20th, three points clear of the final relegation place. So far this summer, their only cash purchase has been Olaf Kobacki, bought for an undisclosed fee, thought to be in the region of £600,000 by Transfermarkt.

They’ve also added Jamal Lowe, Max Lowe, Svante Ingelsson, Van Yalery, Ben Hamer and James Beadle as they look to once again challenge for a sport at the right end of the second tier. The last time they achieved a top-ten finish was 2016/17, but since then, they’ve had a spell in the third tier.

Success-starved supporters will be hoping that Waddle is right, and under Danny Rohl, they’ll begin to shake off the label of crisis club and move forward, possibly even towards the promised land of the Premier League, a level they’ve not graced since the year 2000.

 

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