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THE 2016-17 season may have ended in defeat for Sheffield Wednesday, but there was still a sense of achievement for the club.

Sheffield Wednesday's players are left dismayed by their Championship play-off final defeat to Hull at Wembley. Picture: Steve Ellis.

Nothing much was widely expected from Carlos Carvalhal’s team at the start of the Championship campaign, a largely unheard-of manager from Portugal overseeing a squad very much in the development phase.

But - thanks to impressive campaigns from the likes of Fernando Forestieri and Barry Bannan to name but two – the Owls actually surprised many onloookers, apart from their own fans of course, by spending the majority of the second half of the season in and around the top six.

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Their play-off position secured with plenty of time to spare, Carvalhal’s charges then silenced a few more doubters, by seeing off third-placed Brighton in the semi-finals to book a Wembley date with destiny against Hull City and a possible £200m reward that comes with a place in the Premier League.

Sheffield Wednesday's players are left dismayed by their Championship play-off final defeat to Hull at Wembley. Picture: Steve Ellis.

Thanks to a 73rd-minute strike from Hull’s Mo Diame, the top-flight dream was extinguished, but the South Yorkshire club are already making several moves to ensure they are in the mix once again come the end of the 2016-17 campaign.

While they have been recently linked with a move for former Leeds United favourite Ross McCormack at Fulham, the Owls have made a significant statement by bringing in Steven Fletcher from Sunderland on a four-year deal.

In our attached video at the top of the page, our man Leon Wobschall offers his thoughts on where else the Owls - who have also brought in Charlie Hayford from Spurs and Everton’s Jordan Thorniley - can possibly improve.

He believes Fletcher’s arrival represents one of three or four proven buys that the Owls need to make if they are to get truly serious in their quest for promotion.

Steven Fletcher in action for Sunderland against Leicester City. Picture by FRANK REID

He also believes the full-back positions remain an issue, while suggesting another top-class midfield operator wouldn’t go amiss. Dou you agree with his assessment or not?

Barry Bannan celebrates a goal against Fulham
Fernando Forestieri proved a key player for the Owls last season. Picture: Steve Ellis.
Sheffield Wednesday's players are left dismayed by their Championship play-off final defeat to Hull at Wembley. Picture: Steve Ellis.
Steven Fletcher in action for Sunderland against Leicester City. Picture by FRANK REID
Barry Bannan celebrates a goal against Fulham
Fernando Forestieri proved a key player for the Owls last season. Picture: Steve Ellis.