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Joe Wildsmith has been the go to man for Sheffield Wednesday in between the sticks since the season’s resumption.
The 24-year-old has hardly featured for the Owls this season with Cameron Dawson more often than not holding the number one slot.
However, Garry Monk may have a dilemma on his hands now with Wildsmith putting in some excellent displays for Wednesday since the restart, notably in the Owls’ 2-1 win over Bristol City at Ashton Gate.
So, with this in mind, can you see Joe Wildsmith being Sheffield Wednesday’s consistent number one next season after his recent positive displays?
The team here at Football League World offer up their views….
It’s so up in the air.
The goalkeeping situation at Wednesday has bubbled away for a while to be honest and you can understand why.
Keiren Westwood is seen as one of the best – or has been – in the division but it looks as though Garry Monk favours one of the other pair in Dawson and Wildsmith.
Dawson had been the man before the break but has suffered his critics this season, whilst Wildsmith has come in and appears to have taken his opportunity well.
You get the feeling Monk is throwing the door open to both to audition for the spot for next season and, right now, Wildsmith is in front – but he needs to do it for the remaining games in the campaign.
The run-in will decide next season’s number 1 and the ball appears in Wildsmith’s court right now.
He’s doing his chances no harm whatsoever with his recent performances.
Garry Monk has the option of Cameron Dawson, but he has dropped a few clangers in the past, whilst Keiren Westwood is still kicking around for now at least.
Given the chopping and changing that’s gone before at Hillsborough, now is the time to settle on a goalkeeper and give him the nod for the longer-term.
Wildsmith has all the attributes to be a success at Hillsborough and his performances of late have impressed.
Monk looks like he’s facing a key summer, but Wildsmith is solving one particular headache.
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I don’t see why he can’t become their week in, week out number one but he’ll need to show he can be consistent over the next month or so.
He was fantastic against Bristol City on Sunday and pulled off some remarkable saves. It wasn’t a particularly impressive performance from the Robins but Wildsmith was called into action on a number of occasions and deserves a lot of credit for helping them secure all three points.
His reaction save from Baker’s early header was a huge moment in the game as that could’ve change the entire complexion of things early on.
Monk has switched between goalkeepers regularly this year and you feel it would be a huge bonus for the side, particularly the defence, if they can get the same player between the sticks week in, week out.
Cameron Dawson is likely to provide some significant competition for the number one jersey but if he keeps playing the way he has recently, there’s no reason Wildsmith can’t be there first choice moving forward.