Sheffield Wednesday have been a different side this season compared to last, with a host of new players and different faces in the boardroom changing the perspective of the club.
They were taken over by Thai businessman Dejphon Chansiri in the summer, who replaced manager Stuart Gray with Carlos Carvalhal as well as some big money buys.
Last season, the Owls laboured in midfield and whilst their defence was solid with keeper Keiren Westwood amongst the best in the division, their strike force was ineffective and they were one of the lowest scorers in the Championship.
This ultimately cost them any chance at promotion, so Carvalhal’s first port of call was to bolster the side’s attacking options.
He did this with a mixture of youth and experience, firstly bringing young Portuguese striker Lucas Joao in, who impressed early on in the season with his clinical finishing and peripheral movement. His goals have dried up lately, but he is tipped for a big future in the game if he can recapture this form.
Also Gary Hooper and Fernando Forestieri were added to the striking options, and they have both been very successful since moving from their respective Premier League club.
Hooper struggled for game time at Norwich City earlier in the season, but a good loan spell at Hillsborough led to a permanent deal, and with 11 goals already he is one of the divisions most potent strikers.
Wednesday also stole Forestieri from under their rivals’ noses, with the Watford striker the most sought-after player of the summer window. Since joining Wednesday, he has 13 goals, with his electric pace and technical ability giving him the ability to rip into defenders.
The strikers have been helped out by better creativity from midfield, with summer recruits Marco Matias and Barry Bannan lighting up the midfield with their excellent attacking movement.
The defence at Wednesday has been as solid as it was last season but, with the added goals, they are a threat to the play-off places.
They sit sixth but still harbour outside hopes of an automatic promotion place. FootballLeagueWorld writer Michael Hasan identifies FIVE ideal strikers Carvalhal may seek out to partner Hooper next season…
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