Key Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Adam Reach has accepted that his season has been imperfect thus far, but is remaining confident in being able to reach his personal targets for the campaign, as quoted by The Star.
Reach went into what is his fourth term at Hillsborough targeting a 10-goal haul for himself, but has only managed to convert one of his 22 shots so far, according to data collected by WhoScored.
Reach had entered the 2019/20 term on the back of his most productive campaign in front of the net, after hitting eight goals in the Championship, along with one in one EFL Cup outing and seven assists in the second-tier (TransferMarkt).
Before that, the Chester-Le-Street-born winger had, at best, hit four goals in one league season, with his figures often only showing two or three goals to his name outside of the ’17/18 and ’15/16 campaigns when he penned his previous joint-best numbers.
The 26-year-old has not been able to replicate last season’s efforts thus far, though, as he has struggled to reach the ceiling of his talents, and The Star note that corners of the Hillsborough fanbase have begun to vent their frustrations more vocally than others.
But Reach is not worried that his start to the campaign will reflect his end results, and is remaining confident in being able to hit a 10-goal term for the first time in his professional career.
“It’s been an okay start [for me],” he said. “It took a while for that first goal to come and I think for a wide player, the sooner you get that goal, [the sooner] you get that confidence.
“I have got that now, I want to play at the level that I know I am capable of, and to do it consistently over a run of games. I haven’t managed that, but I will take [the] positives again.
“Just like the team, I still have lots to improve on. I think the manager can help me do that. I am more than capable of getting 10 goals, [and] that’s still my target.”
Reach has been awarded plenty of opportunities to open his account for the term and stretch his goal tally over the opening fixtures, as only Julian Borner, Kadeem Harris and Keiren Westwood have played more minutes than the 26-year-old (WhoScored).
Only striker Steven Fletcher has fashioned more shots than Reach, as well, but the Scot has managed to be more clinical with his efforts, which is where Reach has been struggling this term with only seven of his 22 shots finding the target and one the back of the net.
Unfortunately for Reach, scoring his first goal of the term against Middlesbrough has not sparked a turnaround, either, as he hit four shots in Sheffield Wednesday’s defeat at Hull City with just one strike forcing a save from George Long.
David Marshall only had to make one save for Wigan Athletic on Saturday, too, as Reach saw the other one of his two strikes blocked before Garry Monk replaced the Boro product with Jacob Murphy.
Only once Reach stops spurning so many chances will he be able to make true inroads into his personal mission of securing a 10-goal season.
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