Who Are The New Owls?

The 2019/20 season is just around the corner, but Sheffield Wednesday’s soft transfer embargo still in place, transfer news has been hard to come by…

But that could all be changing now, with Keiren Westwood’s new deal finally being confirmed, and the announcement of Julian Börner – making him officially the first new signing ahead of the new campaign.

Anyway, I thought I’d put together a page for all the new signings (hopefully our lad Julian isn’t the only one!) and just keep updating it to give everyone a bit of an idea about who they are, where they come from and what they could offer at Hillsborough next season.

So here we have it, the new Owls as we hope for a much happier start to this season than we had to the last one!

Julian Börner

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From: Arminia Bielefeld
For: Free Transfer
Position: Centre back

The 28-year-old left-footed central defender is the first of the 2019/20 signings to be announced, and has already linked up with his new teammates in Portugal… Börner has played almost 150 games in 2. Bundesliga over the years, and isn’t shy of a goal having scored 19 in 149 appearances for Bielefeld during his time there (he also got five assists).

He’s been almost exclusively deployed as a centre back over the course of his career, however has also slipped into left back and defensive midfield a couple of times. He’s a German youth international, was captain of Bielefeld before his exit, and his experience of slogging it out in Germany’s second tier make him a potentially very interesting find. Last season, Bielefeld only won three of the six games that he missed.

Moses Odubajo

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From swfc.co.uk

From: Brentford
For: Free Transfer
Position: Right-back

Given the pesky financial situation that we currently find ourselves in, it’s no surprise to see us snapping up another free transfer in Odubajo. The former England youth international left the Bees at the end of last month and, like Börner, has been part of Wednesday’s preseason. He’s obviously no stranger to the Championship, and to date has played more than 115 games in England’s second-tier.

As he approaches his 26th birthday, the fullback has directly contributed to 50 goals in all competitions – though primarily in League One – including 10 assists in the Championship and Championship playoffs. He played 30 league games for Brentford – at RB, LB, RM and LM – in 2018/19, completing 24 successful dribbles, 26 key passes and 44 tackles. Just 10 of his 51 crosses were accurate though, so that could do with some work.

Kadeem Harris

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From swfc.co.uk

From: Cardiff City
For: Free Transfer
Position: Left wing

Another bargain buy joined the Owls at the weekend as Harris, who was another one with the squad in Portugal, and he’s the first one to come on board who had a -top-flight campaign last season… The 26-year-old played 15 games for Cardiff in all competitions, scoring his first Premier League goal in the win over Fulham in October. He also played against Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal.

Unfortunately for the former Wycombe Wanderers man, most of his appearances last season came as a substitute, but he did manage 0.5 key passes and dribbles per game in the 366 minutes that he got in the PL, though his 15 crosses in those 13 games should improve in the Championship in 2019/20. A surprising stat for the winger is that he was only dribbled past once in the PL (12 successful tackles from 13, 92%) and it certainly seems like he’s not afraid to put in a shift defensively as well.

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