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Football League World Sheffield Wednesday fan pundit Edward Marsh has suggested that switching to a formation that includes three centre-backs could work well for Garry Monk’s side.
Wednesday are in fantastic form, having taken 15 points from eight games under Monk, and have climbed up to fourth in the Championship.
Part of that success has been built on their defensive solidity, with central defenders Dominic Iorfa and Julian Borner both performing well.
Would you like to see Wednesday shift to a back three or five?
Iorfa got his opportunity due to an injury to captain Tom Lees but with the 28-year-old close to a return Monk has a selection dilemma on his hands.
The Owls boss could look to fit all three defenders into his side at once, potentially by switching a back three or back five.
Marsh has indicated that he believes such a tactical switch could work for Wednesday.
He explained: “It’s by no means a ridiculous suggestion. Whilst we don’t want to copy our next-door neighbours, Iorfa and Borner may well make great ‘overlapping centre-backs’.
“Playing a back three would then make the left and right backs ‘wing-backs’. Again I think this idea could well work–especially in the case of Morgan Fox. A scapegoat since he arrived from Charlton Athletic, Fox is in inspired form–so good that he got my ‘Player of the Month’ vote.
“He has shown his best qualities to be when we are attacking, putting great crosses into the box time and time again. Whilst Palmer would have to readjust a bit more to become a wing-back, I’m confident he could. Isn’t it great to have hard choices when it comes to team selection for once?”
Wednesday travel to Ewood Park to face Blackburn Rovers on Saturday, knowing that a win could see them go top of the league if results elsewhere go their way.