Saturday’s defeat for Sheffield Wednesday against Aston Villa must have been heartbreaking for the club’s supporters.
With the game seemingly heading towards a 1-1 draw, Albert Adomah scored via a rebound in the 92nd minute before Tammy Abraham fired in with just seconds remaining at Hillsborough.
The 3-1 defeat saw the gap between the Owls and the play-offs extend to a margin of six points which could be too much of a barrier for Steve Bruce’s side to overcome in their final six matches this season. Despite this disappointment, their weekend clash did provide an element of positivity for the club which could see them prosper in the future.
After missing 15 months of action due to injury, Gary Hooper, who joined for £3.51 million (as per Transfermarkt), made his second consecutive appearance for Wednesday and marked the occasion with an instinctive finish which gave his side the lead against Villa. Although his return to the side was welcomed by the vast majority of Owls supporters, there would have understandably been a worry in regards to whether he could return to the form that he had previously illustrated in 2017.
These fears would have been alleviated somewhat by Hooper’s performance on Saturday as he impressed throughout before eventually being substituted with five minutes left to play by Bruce.
If the 31-year-old can embark on a fruitful run in-front of goal between now and May, he could force his manager to build a squad around him for next year’s campaign as it is unquestionable that he could become a force to be reckoned with once more in the Championship. However, all this depends on whether he remains injury free as no matter how good Hooper is when firing on all cylinders, another setback could be disastrous for the forward.
The next month, therefore, could be imperative not only for the former Celtic player’s hopes of returning to his previous level of performance but also for the Owls’ future over the coming years.
What do you think Wednesday fans? How important is Hooper in terms of your club’s future? Should Bruce build a side around the forward if he manages to stay fit? Let us know below.