It’s safe to say that it’s been a week to forget for Sheffield Wednesday, as their poor run of results continued into the weekend.
After being beaten 1-0 by relegation-threatened Luton Town at Kenilworth Road, plenty of the club’s supporters voiced their frustrations at Garry Monk’s team selection.
But that dismal showing on Tuesday didn’t get much better at the weekend, as Wednesday were beaten 3-0 by Reading in front of a furious home support at Hillsborough.
The Owls had Osaze Urhoghide sent-off early into the second-half, as the Royals ran out convincing winners on the day to pile the pressure on Garry Monk.
Sheffield Wednesday are now sat 12th in the Championship table, and are nine points adrift of the play-off places with just 13 games remaining of this year’s campaign.
We look at FOUR talking points from Sheffield Wednesday after a hectic week for Garry Monk’s side on and off the pitch.
The pressure is firmly on Garry Monk.
You only have to take a quick glance at the club’s social media platforms to see the replies from the Sheffield Wednesday supporters, who are calling for Monk to be dismissed.
Wednesday are now winless in their last six league games after the defeat to Reading at the weekend, and something needs to change in the near future.
Some of Monk’s team selections have been questionable, with his decision to start Fernando Forestieri at left wing-back one of the most bizarre decisions that the club’s supporters would have seen in recent years.
If Sheffield Wednesday are beaten by Birmingham City at the weekend, you have to feel as though Monk’s days at Hillsborough are numbered.
The atmosphere amongst supporters is becoming toxic.
Positive results are hard to come by for Sheffield Wednesday at the moment, which will be hugely frustrating as they had previously occupied a play-off spot.
But the Owls now find themselves nine points adrift of the top-six, so it certainly won’t come as a surprise to hear the supporters voice their displeasure at recent performances at full-time against Reading on Saturday.
Three of Sheffield Wednesday’s next matches are at Hillsborough, so it’s the perfect opportunity for the team to get the fans back on their side.
Who should be leading the line for the Owls?
With Steven Fletcher edging closer to a return to action, Sheffield Wednesday only have a few more games to get through without the Scotsman.
Fletcher has 12 goals to his name this season, and the club’s supporters will be delighted to see the striker return at the earliest of opportunities to get their play-off bid back on track.
His absence from the starting XI has been there for all to see, with the Owls struggling for goals in attacking areas since he was ruled out of action.
Garry Monk opted to start Atdhe Nuhiu up-front against Reading, but with Connor Wickham on the substitutes bench, the on-loan Crystal Palace forward could be pushing for a start against Birmingham City this weekend.
Keiren Westwood and Sam Hutchinson’s futures at the club.
It had been reported by The Star that both Keiren Westwood and Sam Hutchinson have been demoted into the club’s Under-23s team for the foreseeable future after a bust-up with Garry Monk.
But Westwood has recently taken to social media to reveal that there hasn’t been an argument between himself and the Sheffield Wednesday boss.
It seems highly unlikely that the goalkeeper and his team-mate Sam Hutchinson have much of a future with the Owls though, as they continue to be frozen out of the matchday squad in the Championship.
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