It was always going to be a tall order for Steve Bruce to turn around Sheffield Wednesday’s fortunes after taking over the reigns at Hillsborough in January.
However, the 58-year-old’s impact on the Owls has seen them undergo a serious transformation in recent months as an eleven game unbeaten run put them in contention to launch a late bid for the play-offs.
Despite suffering a gut-wrenching defeat at the hands of Aston Villa on April 6th, the Yorkshire-based outfit bounced back with an impressive 3-0 victory over Nottingham Forest which set up a showdown with promotion-chasing Leeds United last Saturday.
Although Keiren Westwood produced a magnificent display of goalkeeping at Elland Road, Bruce’s side were outclassed by their opponents who secured all three points following Jack Harrison’s crisp finish in the 65th minute. The result saw Wednesday drop to tenth in the standings and leaves them six points adrift of Bristol City who currently occupy the final play-off position in the Championship.
Whereas the gap is by no means insurmountable for the Owls, the fact that they may have to play their next two fixtures over the Easter weekend without Adam Reach presents a huge problem for Bruce. Arguably the club’s most influential attacking player this season, the 26-year-old suffered an Achilles injury against Leeds and is awaiting the results of a scan which will determine the severity of the issue (via the Yorkshire Post). If Reach is ruled out of Wednesday’s clashes with Norwich City and the Robins, it would be a huge blow for his side’s play-off hopes as his creativity will be sorely missed.
The winger has contributed to a total of 15 league goals this year which is four more than any other player at the club and so his absence could quite easily result in the Owls’ campaign being brought to a premature end unless someone else steps up in his absence.
What do you think Wednesday fans? How big of a blow would it be to lose Reach with just four games left to play this season? Who would you start in his place if he is ruled out of Friday’s game at Norwich? Let us know below.