Sheffield Wednesday have made a number of changes to their squad ahead of their League One campaign, but surprisingly one star remained despite transfer interest from elsewhere.
After scoring nine Championship goals last season, Windass was a man in-demand earlier this summer with Millwall making the biggest play for the 27-year-old, but the Lions failed in their attempts with two bids being rejected.
What came as a bit of an unexpected surprise though was the fact that Windass decided to pen a new deal with the Owls last week, extending his contract for a further year until 2023.
Wednesday fans are yet to see Windass in action this season though after he pulled up injured in pre-season – the damage being a hamstring problem that required surgery.
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The attacker posted a picture to his Twitter account today with his leg in a brace, and when responding to a fans question asking if he was to be returning for the South Yorkshire clash with Rotherham United this weekend, Windass replied with his own goal of returning to action by the end of October.
End of October 🤞🏻 https://t.co/nhOQ1E5Cpy
— Joshua Windass (@WindassJnr) August 18, 2021
Windass didn’t have to undergo surgery to fix his hamstring issue, but he went along with it anyway in the hopes that it would stop any reoccurrence in the future.
“We didn’t know how serious it was at first but after talks with the specialist and the physios here I had a choice whether to go with an operation or not, but we chose to go with the operation just to be safer, so I can come back fitter and stronger,” Windass said, per the Sheffield Star.
“I’m well on my way to recovery now and I’ll be back soon.”
Even though Darren Moore has bolstered both his midfield and attack significantly this summer, Windass is still the key man for Wednesday and his return cannot come soon enough.
They’re doing just fine without him but when fit, Windass can provide that added edge and energy from the front with his high-pressing.
It will be interesting to see where he fits in though – Moore has opted to use a 4-3-3 system which only incorporates one real out-and-out striker, so Windass may be shifted onto the flank because of Lee Gregory’s experience to run the line.
That wouldn’t be particularly ideal but he could resume his role as an attacking midfielder in a 4-2-3-1 – Moore clearly knows best though judging by the seasons results so far and when Windass does return in a few months, Wednesday will be even stronger fancies for promotion.