Sheffield Wednesday have generally been in decent form under caretaker boss Neil Thompson, and with the way things are going he could end up in charge until the end of the season.
There’s no sign of Dejphon Chansiri of making a decision on the role in the near future which could be good news for Thompson, although he wouldn’t have been pleased with the late loss at Stoke City in midweek, with ex-Owl Steven Fletcher grabbing the winner for the Potters.
Wednesday had won five of their last seven league games before that to strengthen Thompson’s hand, and he’s seemingly stuck with a 3-5-2 system that is getting results.
He may need to change a few things up though for the visit of Aitor Karanka and Birmingham City, who are really struggling and have dropped to 23rd place in the Championship – one position below the Owls.
Let’s look at a few dilemmas Thompson is facing ahead of 3pm.
A different strike partner for Paterson
After a run of four goals in six games since Thompson took over, Callum Paterson secured the spot as Wednesday’s first-choice striker, but game-by-game it’s a case of who plays with him.
It was Elias Kachunga for a few games, Jordan Rhodes has had his chance and now it may be the time to bring Josh Windass back into the fold.
Windass brings energy up-front and whilst he’s never really been a prolific forward, he and Paterson could make a pretty decent partnership.
There’s also Jack Marriott to consider as he gets back to fitness – he’s played just once since November because of injury.
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Time to give Izzy Brown a chance?
Sheffield Wednesday fans would be forgiven for forgetting about Izzy Brown considering he hasn’t started a league game for the Owls since September.
The Chelsea loanee has been restricted to cameos off the bench since and for the last three games the attacking midfielder has been an unused substitute.
Chelsea may have been better off recalling him in January and sending him out elsewhere, but with the Owls desperate for a bit more creativity in the middle of the park – why not give Brown a go from the start?
A game against a struggling team in Birmingham would probably give him the perfect chance and if he fails to fire, then Thompson could say at least he tried.