Sheffield Wednesday have got off to a strong start in this year’s league campaign, with Garry Monk’s men sat eighth in the Championship table heading into the international break.
There have been a number of players that have performed consistently to a high standard for Monk’s side so far this season, but none more so than Julian Borner.
Borner arrived at Hillsborough during the summer and will be hoping that he can build on some impressive showings for the Owls this season.
He has been partnered with Dominic Iorfa in recent weeks, and the pair will have made a good impression on Monk with the Owls looking defensively resilient at the back.
In a recent interview with The Star, Iorfa issued high-praise for Borner, and feels as though he has adjusted well to his new surroundings in English football.
“He has been really good. His performances speak for themselves. The fans have taken to him well due to his performances.
“It is always difficult moving to a new club, let alone a new country, but I feel he has adapted very well to the Championship.”
The 24-year-old went on to outline Borner’s attributes, and insists that he has a good relationship with the summer signing, who has made quite the impression on the Sheffield Wednesday supporters this season.
“He is physically strong and the Championship is a physically demanding league and he has dealt with it really well.
“He is good on the ball, composed and I enjoy playing with him. He is a good defender and talks a lot.”
“We have a good relationship off the pitch. He is pretty quiet but he is a nice guy and everyone likes him.”
Sheffield Wednesday will be hoping that they can build on their impressive start to the season after the international break, when they take on Cardiff City, in what is certain to be a tricky test for the Owls.
Monk could have a welcome selection dilemma on his hands in the future.
Both Iorfa and Borner have looked hugely impressive in the heart of the Sheffield Wednesday defence in recent weeks, but with Tom Lees edging closer to a return from injury, it seems highly unlikely that Monk will choose to bench his captain.
It’s never a bad thing to have that dilemma as a manager though, and it’ll be interesting to see who he goes with as the season progresses.