Sheffield Wednesday defender Morgan Fox is being monitored by Wales manager Ryan Giggs ahead of a potential international call-up, a report from the Sheffield Star has claimed.
The left-back is said to be one of a number of player being monitored by Giggs and his coaching staff as they look to the future, and follows a string of eye-catching performances for the Owls in recent weeks.
Those recent contributions also earned Fox Wednesday’s Player of the Month award for October, which, along with that interest from Wales, marks quite a turnaround for a player who had previously come in for some criticism from the club’s fanbase.
So just how much has Fox improved this season?
Here, we put the spotlight on the defender’s performances for Wednesday so far this season, in order to find out.
Having featured in eight of Wednesday’s 15 league games so far this season, including all of their last four, Fox has certainly been given a chance to impress recently – not least under new manager Garry Monk – and the stats here do seem to suggest that is an opportunity he has taken for the most part.
With a defensive duel success rate of 69%, Fox does not appear to be someone who is easy for opposition attackers to defeat, with the left back’s success in that particular aspect of his performance reducing the number of balls into the box that his fellow Owls defenders will have to deal with, making him a useful asset for his side.
Furthermore, with Fox averaging over five interceptions and four clearances per game so far in the campaign, it does seem as though the 26-year-old is starting to become a defender who has matured enough to be the one to step forward and take responsibility to with attacks before they become too damaging.
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Add to that a pass success rate of almost 75% – which suggests that Fox is also a player who is capable of controlling play from deep on the pitch and playing out from the back when necessary – you can certainly understand why he is being trusted to form part of the Owls back four on a more regular basis in recent weeks.
One area where there may be an element of concern around Fox however, is in the air, where an aerial duel success rate of 41% does feel somewhat underwhelming for a player who is over 6ft tall.
That is perhaps the next thing he will be aiming to work on as he continues to catch the eye in a Wednesday side pushing for a top-six place at the very least this season.
If he does that, then based on what he is showing with other aspects of his game this season, that call-up from Wales may not be far away, and neither may a new contract from Wednesday, with his current deal set to expire at the end of this season.