Sheffield Wednesday are in a slump at the moment, and are on a four match losing streak, with an aggregate score of 12-2 in those fixtures.
The last thing any team will want when struggling is to travel to one of the league’s high-flyers at the weekend. This is made especially troubling when that team happens to be your bitter rivals. However, Wednesday travel to Bramall Lane on Friday to take on Sheffield United, in what may be a make or break game for manager Jos Luhukay.
The Dutchman is under monumental pressure at Hillsborough after his side’s downwards spiral. There are a number of managers such as Steve Bruce and Mick McCarthy that are being linked with Luhukay’s job, as his time appears to be running out.
Therefore, this is simply the biggest week of the manager’s tenure, as it seems unlikely that he will still be in a job come this time next week if he fails to impress against Chris Wilder’s men. This is a hugely important game for the club for so many reasons, and effectively lays down the gauntlet for the manager to salvage his tattered reputation.
Unfortunately, Luhukay has chopped and changed his squad so much this season that it must be hard to determine who is the best starting XI to field. There are not many players that the manager can bank on performing with him, and that leaves him in a troubling position. Likewise, his formations have changed so much this season that it makes it hard for him to have anything to trust.
But Luhukay has no excuses now, this is now the most important week of his time in England, and he needs to pull something off on Friday for the sake of this future.