Sheffield Wednesday v Norwich: Goalkeeping dilemma ahead for Owls

Safe hands: Owls goalkeeper Cameron Dawson.
Safe hands: Owls goalkeeper Cameron Dawson.
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Cameron Dawson believes a goalkeeper will leave Sheffield Wednesday this summer.

Academy graduate Dawson, 22, has been handed the gloves for the final three games of the Championship campaign for manager Jos Luhukay to assess his options.

But with Joe Wildsmith – who has emerged as No 1 this season – and Irish international Keiren Westwood returning to full fitness, the Owls have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to goalkeepers.

Dawson starts tomorrow’s final game of the season, at home to Norwich City, but does not expect all three goalkeepers to remain at Hillsborough ahead of the new campaign kicking off in August.

“Westy’s career speaks for itself, Joe is obviously a younger lad like me, who has a lot of talent, and there’s myself,” said Dawson.

“It’s a lot of goalkeepers and a lot of goalkeepers who want to play.

“So we are going to have to see what happens. I would imagine there is going to have to be some sort of give somewhere. I don’t think all three of us can be sat here for the first game of the season ready to go.

“Whether it’s loans or something there’s going to have to be some (movement).”

Back-to-back clean sheets against Reading and champions Wolverhampton Wanderers from Dawson have certainly improved his own chances at Hillsborough.

On his future, Dawson – who had a short loan spell at Chesterfield in December – added: “I have not really thought about that too much recently.

“It’s just been a case of getting through these games and doing as well as possible.

“All I know is I am not at an age where I need to play football regularly. I feel that I can do that at this level, but, ultimately, that is the manager’s decision.

“I didn’t have too much to do against Reading. I was watching the game, like everyone else, for the 90 minutes.

“Wolves was a great game to play in, I really enjoyed it. To play in that party atmosphere, in front of 30,000 fans, was great experience.”

So what are the targets for next season at Hillsborough?

“The aim is promotion, it always has been,” said Dawson, who has kept four clean sheets in six Owls appearances this season.

“That’s what we all want – the chairman, manager, fans – and, ultimately it’s something this club is capable of.

“We will get a good pre-season under our belts and try again,” he added.