Sheffield Wednesday were dealt a frustrating injury blow on Thursday, as Garry Monk revealed that Steven Fletcher is set for a spell in the treatment room.
Speaking in a pre-match press conference ahead of their game against Leeds United, the Owls boss revealed that the Scotsman is set to be ruled out of action for 8-10 weeks.
💬 GM: Steven Fletcher has had his scan and it’s good and bad news. Structurally the knee is fine but he will be out for a significant period of time, we’re looking at 8-10 weeks #swfcLIVE
— Sheffield Wednesday (@swfc) January 9, 2020
Fletcher has been key to Sheffield Wednesday’s strong start to this year’s league campaign, and he’ll leave a sizeable void in their front-line for the coming months.
In our latest FLW Spotlight, we look into Fletcher’s statistics in more detail, and see how big of a blow his absence will be for Sheffield Wednesday’s promotion bid this season.
Fletcher has been Garry Monk’s first-choice striker for the majority of this year’s campaign, and has featured in 2103 minutes of action so far for the Owls in all competitions.
He has netted 13 goals in total so far this season, so it’s clear to see why he is keeping the likes of Fernando Forestieri, Jordan Rhodes and Sam Winnall out of the starting XI at the moment.
But with Fletcher out injured, it’ll be interesting to see which player is given the nod to lead the line for Sheffield Wednesday in the next couple of months.
Fletcher has only had 30 shots on target this season, which makes his goal record even more impressive, and he’ll be keen to make up for lost time when he does return from a spell on the sidelines.
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One weakness that Fletcher has had this season is the number of offensive duels that he wins, with the 32-year-old only winning 37 of the 169 that he came up against so far this season. So, you have to imagine that the likes of Atdhe Nuhiu might be better at that area of his game, even though Fletcher’s goal record is considerably better than Nuhiu’s.
But Fletcher is getting in the right areas to score the goals to keep Sheffield Wednesday in the hunt for a top-six finish, with the Scotsman having 85 touches in the opposition’s penalty area.
He’s also a player that is unselfish in possession as well, with Fletcher having 308 accurate passes to his name. This allows the likes of Adam Reach and Kadeem Harris to support the striker when going forward and add to their attacking threat when in the opposition’s half.
So, Fletcher’s absence is a real blow for Garry Monk and Sheffield Wednesday, and it certainly wouldn’t come as a surprise to see the Owls boss dip into the transfer market in January in order to find an adequate replacement for Sheffield Wednesday’s talisman.