Talking Tactics: Sheffield Wednesday’s set-up to beat Wigan on the opening day

Talking Tactics: Sheffield Wednesday’s set-up to beat Wigan on the opening day

Sheffield Wednesday could be involved in the race for promotion if they can replicate their form from towards the end of last season. Indeed, the Owls were dominant at times in the last campaign, so you wouldn’t rule out any heroics this season under Jos Luhukay.

Jos Luhukay worked wonders at Hillsborough in the second half of the season as his Sheffield Wednesday side put in a number of impressive performances. But, with plenty of new teams in the division, anything could happen.

Sheffield Wednesday will travel to the DW Stadium to face Wigan Athletic on the first day of the new campaign. The Latics secured first position in League One last season and have always been a difficult side to beat in recent years, so the Owls will be up against it away from home.

So, having taken Luhukay’s selections from the pre-season games into consideration, we’ve come up with a team that we think the Dutchman could line up with against Wigan Athletic.

Look below to see the entire potential team in FULL…


We’ve gone with a 3-4-1-2 formation, as that is the formation that Sheffield Wednesday enjoyed success from during the second half of the season. The Owls like to make use of their wing-backs by getting balls into the box for their tall strikers, with the attacking midfielder feeding off scraps and getting into promising positions.

Kieren Westwood seems to be heading for the exits amid interest from a number of clubs, so Joe Wildsmith should be given the chance the start in-between the sticks.

In defence, Tom Lees, Joost Van Aken and Daniel Pudil will form the defensive line. Pudil has previous experience in the Premier League and was used as a central defender to great effect last season, so Luhukay will be aiming to get the best out of him once again this season.

The Owls have the luxury of Adam Reach and Liam Palmer in the wing-back positions. Both men like to use their pace to get forward, but Reach’s crossing ability last season was one of the main positives. Meanwhile, the experienced Barry Bannan and the impressive Joey Pelupessy should line up in the middle of the park.

In attack, Fernando Forestieri will take up his position in behind the two strikers. The little magician enjoys going on jinking runs and isn’t afraid to have a pop at goal, so he will thrive in the pockets of space behind Lucas Joao and Atdhe Nuhiu.

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