Sheffield Wednesday got off to the best possible start in the Championship with a hard-fought 2-0 win over Cardiff City at the weekend.
The Owls started the new season on minus 12 points, and remain rooted to the bottom of the second-tier standings despite the win over the Bluebirds.
Garry Monk has overseen a summer of change at Hillsborough, with a number of key players leaving the club in favour of a move elsewhere.
Steven Fletcher was among those players to leave the Championship club, with the Scotsman being one of the few players to come away with any credit to their name from a disappointing 2019/20 season.
Atdhe Nuhiu and Fernando Forestieri also followed Fletcher out of the Hillsborough exit door, which leaves Garry Monk with just Jordan Rhodes as his senior attacking option this term.
Speaking exclusively to Football League World’s Jacob Potter, former Owls striker Neil Mellor assessed Sheffield Wednesday’s current attacking options in the 2020/21 campaign.
“Looking at the squad, they’ve got Jordan Rhodes who is a natural centre-forward, they’ve got Windass who can play in the attacking position.
“They’ve got Izzy Brown who can operate in attacking area. Garry Monk’s also mentioned that Adam Reach can play as a central player.”
Mellor went on to state that the Owls need to look at replacing Fletcher this season, but is concerned about their current position in the Championship having a negative impact on their chances of signing an adequate alternative.
“There are options there, but I think they need to replace the quality left by Steven Fletcher’s departed. I enjoyed watching him lead the line effectively for Sheffield Wednesday and I’m sure the club will be looking to fill his void.
“It didn’t quite work out for Winnall who has left, as has Forestieri who is a decent attacking player.
“So, the problem for Wednesday is the current financial situation, I don’t know what it is there, and starting on minus 12 points, players would want to go to Wednesday thinking they’re going to get a promotion push, but that’s not going to be the case this season.”
Sheffield Wednesday return to competitive action on Tuesday evening, when they face League One side Rochdale in the second round of the EFL Cup.