There can’t be many clubs in world football who can boast having the option to pick between seven players who can occupy the centre-forward position in their team, can there?
Sheffield Wednesday’s accumulation of strikers over the past few seasons has resulted in fierce competition for places yet incredibly, there has yet to be a settled front-two during the 2018/19 campaign as both Jos Luhukay, who was sacked in December, and Steve Bruce have had to deal with a myriad of injuries.
The latest to be sidelined is top-scorer Steven Fletcher who was ruled out of last Saturday’s game against Stoke City due to a knee issue, forcing his boss to alter his starting eleven to incorporate the return of Fernando Forestieri and Gary Hooper. Although it could be argued that the embarrassment of riches at Hillsborough in terms of an attacking sense should guarantee goals, the fact that the strikers do not know whether they will be playing every week can have a detrimental impact on morale. The likes of Lucas Joao, Sam Winnall and Marco Matias have been in and out of the squad on numerous occasions this season, which has limited their development as players whilst Forestieri, in particular, has failed to replicate the same level of form that he has demonstrated in the past for Wednesday.
The only solution to this problem is to offload some of the forwards that the Owls have on their books in the summer, a move that could prove to be extremely beneficial for Bruce going forward. By recuperating fees for the players that he is willing to discard, the 58-year-old can use the money to strengthen his squad in other areas in the summer.
Regardless of whether the Owls sneak into the play-off positions at the end of the current campaign, it is clear that they need to balance out their squad and so it would be very surprising if Bruce doesn’t commit to bringing an end to his unique attacking issue.
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