In this instalment of our TT Roundup, Football Transfer Tavern have gathered three of the biggest stories to have involved Sheffield Wednesday recently and have provided our thoughts on the reports published.
Sheffield Wednesday charged by EFL
The major story involving Sheffield Wednesday this week was the news that they had been charged with misconduct by the English Football League (EFL) after breaching profit and sustainability rules.
The charge relates specifically to the Owls sale of Hillsborough, which helped them record a pre-tax profit of £2.5 million for the 2017/18 season (BBC Sport).
Wednesday released a statement in a swift response to the EFL, saying that they intend to “vigorously defend” themselves against the charges (swfc.co.uk).
This is very worrying news for everyone connected with Sheffield Wednesday, and the South Yorkshire club could well face severe sanctions if they are found guilty.
It is unknown at the moment exactly what punishment they could face, but according to BBC Sport, it could be any sanction under EFL regulation 92.2. This could be a reprimand, a points deduction, a financial penalty or even expulsion from the league – which would be the worst-case scenario.
However, it is worth noting that Birmingham City were deducted nine points recently when they breached profit and sustainability rules (BBC Sport).
Atdhe Nuhiu scores for Kosovo
In more positive news, Owls striker Atdhe Nuhiu managed to get his name on the scoresheet in Kosovo’s latest international fixture.
They were playing against the Czech Republic in a crucial Euro 2020 qualifier in Prague, and after 50 minutes the 30-year-old managed to put his team ahead with a terrific header (BBC Sport).
Unfortunately for Kosovo the Czech’s managed to come back, and goals from Alex Kral and Ondrej Celustka ultimately gave them a 2-1 win which meant that they qualified for the tournament next summer at their opponent’s expense.
It is always good when strikers score, and this is no different. Nuhiu has been struggling a little for goals at Wednesday recently, netting just once in 12 Championship appearances so far (Transfermarkt).
Garry Monk will hope that his strike against the Czech Republic gives him a confidence boost ahead of his return to Hillsborough for the crucial upcoming Christmas period.
Owls happy to go under the radar according to Luongo
Wednesday midfielder Massimo Luongo has admitted this week that the club are happy to fly under the radar in the Championship this season.
The Owls have recently dropped out of the play-off places to eighth in the table, and they aren’t one of the club’s regularly talked about as one of the promotion favourites.
The Australian believes they are a bit of a “dark horse” in the league this season, but that they are fine with that as it allows them to continue working “without worrying about what people think,” (via Sheffield Star).
Luongo probably has a point with his comments here. Whilst the Owls do have a strong squad for the Championship, featuring the likes of Fernando Forestieri, Steven Fletcher and Keiren Westwood, they aren’t a team that get spoken about much.
Clubs such as Leeds United, West Brom and Fulham tend to be the ones that are tipped to do well in the second tier this year, but the Owls have shown already that they are more than capable of being in and around the top six having won seven games this term (BBC Sport).
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