Sheffield Wednesday: Bruce’s side still can launch play-off push despite loss of Fletcher

Sheffield Wednesday: Bruce’s side still can launch play-off push despite loss of Fletcher

Steven Fletcher has been in incredible form in recent weeks hasn’t he Owls fans?

The forward has scored five goals in his last six games which has helped to propel Sheffield Wednesday into a position where they can launch a late push for the play-off positions this season. Benefiting significantly from the arrival of Steve Bruce as manager in January, Fletcher has been nothing short of exceptional for the Owls and so his impending absence for Saturday’s clash at Stoke City due to a groin injury (via the Star) could be a bitter blow.

However, despite the Scotland international’s overwhelming presence up-front, Wednesday’s hopes of finishing in the top six are far from finished. Bruce’s side’s latest victory against Blackburn Rovers saw four different players score with two of the strikes coming from Atdhe Nuhiu and Marco Matias who are both more than capable of filling in for Fletcher up front.

Whereas other sides in the Championship rely heavily on one player to deliver the goods, the Owls have a multi-dimensional attack which contains a number of different match-winners. Therefore, the void left by Fletcher shouldn’t concern either Bruce or the club’s supporters as Wednesday are more than capable of continuing their ten-match unbeaten run in the Championship and securing a play-off position.

With Fernando Forestieri, Gary Hooper and Lucas Joao all back in training, the Owls could benefit from competition for places as it could lead to an even further increase in performance which will be needed when they face the likes of Leeds United and Norwich City in the coming weeks. Victories over both of these sides will lead Wednesday to fear no one and provide them with real belief that they can finish in the top six this season before achieving promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs in May.

What do you think Owls fans? How much of a blow is losing Fletcher to injury? Could other players step-up in his absence to fire your club to promotion? Let us know below.

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