Is there another club in world football that have more strikers than Sheffield Wednesday?
Steve Bruce has a total of seven forwards at his disposal with one, in particular, staking his claim during Tuesday’s 3-0 victory against Nottingham Forest. After 12 games without a start in the Championship, Marco Matias was brought into the side as part of a front-three at Hillsborough and made a superb impact against the Reds.
Knowing that only a victory would keep his side in contention for a play-off position, the Portuguese marksman took the game by the scruff of its neck and fired home a stunning striker from range in the 47th minute. George Boyd then doubled the Owls’ lead before Matias secured all three points with his second.
With his contract expiring in the summer (according to Transfermarkt), the 29-year-old’s performance was a clear statement to Steve Bruce that he should consider offering him a new deal. Used in a number of different positions this season, Matias, who is valued at £1.35 million (by Transfermarkt), has demonstrated an outstanding level of versatility which has undoubtedly benefited his side, especially since the arrival of their new manager.
Indeed, the fact that he has only scored six goals in 26 appearances in the Championship during the current campaign suggests that he needs to sharpen up in-front of goal. However, if he is given the opportunity to play under Bruce over a period of 46 games, Matias may improve his output, especially if the Owls bolster their creative options in the upcoming transfer window.
If the former Nacional ace backs up his performance against Forest in Wednesday’s final five fixtures, he will undoubtedly create a situation where his boss has no other choice but to extend his stay in Yorkshire for the foreseeable future.
What do you think Owls fans? Should Bruce give Matias a new deal? Or should he let the Portuguese midfielder leave in the summer? Let us know below…