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50% shot accuracy: Monk could be the perfect man to bring the best out of stuttering Sheffield Wednesday star

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Considering the turbulent summer they experienced, Sheffield Wednesday can probably class their start to the season as a steady one.

Lee Bullen steadied the ship and led them to a mid-table position before the first international break of the season, during which the club finally made a long-awaited announcement.

Garry Monk was brought in as the Owls’ new permanent manager, taking over from Bullen’s temporary tenure and replacing Steve Bruce as the full-time manager at Hillsborough.

It was a decision that was met with a mixed response. Some saw the impressive job he did with Birmingham City last season in very difficult circumstances and saw him as an ideal replacements.

Others, however, saw it as a safe choice and wanted to see a bit more ambition shown by their club.

But, no matter what anybody thinks, Monk is here to stay. The question now will be what impact he can have on his new squad.

And one player who fans will be keeping an eye on is fan-favourite Barry Bannan.

The Scot has been one of the club’s most important players since arriving at the club from Cystal Palace in the summer of 2015.

However, a slow start has been made to the current campaign. With five matches played, he has just one assist to his name and zero goals.

His shot accuracy stands at just 50% as well, showing an underlying reason to his slow start in front of goal. The 29-year-old has never been a goal machine, but his left-boot is usually far more reliable than it has been so far.

A dribble success shows that he is struggling to take the ball forward too, something that will be hindering the club as a whole.

But Monk has shown throughout his, still relatively short managerial career, that he has the ability to improve players who are not quite reaching their full potential.

You only have to look to Birmingham last season and the impact he had on the likes of Che Adams and Lukasz Jutkiewicz, transforming a mismatched pair into one that netted 36 goals between them.

Bannan has shown glimpses of his quality this season. A pass accuracy of 84% and a forward pass accuracy of 74% shows that he still has the touch and talent.

It may simply be a case of now needing somebody like Monk to come in, build up his confidence and give him a kick in the right direction again.

If he can do that, he will have completed an important part of his Wednesday stay already.

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