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Wednesday proving squad depth can be detrimental

Wednesday proving squad depth can be detrimental

According to The Star, Sheffield Wednesday legend Chris Waddle has said that Jos Luhukay is rotating his squad too much this season, and that is costing his team performances. 

The Dutchman made ten changes to his starting XI in the space of a week, as well as a change in formation, as The Owls have now lost three on the bounce.

Squad depth and the ability to rotate players has always been something that is seen as an advantage to teams. However, it is sometimes hard to create continuity between matches with so many changes in personnel.

According to Transfermarkt.co.uk, The Owls actually have the largest squad in the whole Championship. On the other hand, second place Leeds have the joint smallest squad, and current league leaders Sheffield United have the fourth smallest squad in the league. These stats buck the trend and suggest that a smaller squad may lead to greater success for a club.

Luhukay has the troublesome task of trying to keep his whole squad happy, and by virtue of this, he must rotate his squad. But this means that he will never be able to consistently field his best team. No matter how many players a club has, there will be 11 which are the best, but Luhukay is rarely going to field them together, and the club are ultimately paying the price.

Sheffield Wednesday are slowly slipping down the table, and after once being in the top six, the loss to Birmingham at the weekend has seen them slump to 15th place in the Championship.

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