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It’s safe to say that it’s not been the ideal start to life back with Sheffield Wednesday for striker Connor Wickham since he arrived at Hillsborough during the January transfer window.
The forward signed on loan from Crystal Palace for the remainder of this year’s campaign, but has struggled for consistent game time in Garry Monk’s side.
In total, the 26-year-old has made four appearances, of which just two of those outings have been starts for the Owls, which will be frustrating for Wickham.
Football League World’s Sheffield Wednesday fan pundit Louis Muhsin has issued his thoughts on Wickham’s start to life back with Sheffield Wednesday and is expecting him to come back into the starting XI in the near future, despite this slow start.
“I think it’s been a difficult environment for all the loan signings to come into to be honest. With the run of form Wednesday are currently in it was always going to be hard to hit the ground running.
“Wickham has been mainly used as a lone striker and has had to feed off scraps really and has found himself back on the bench for the last couple of games.
“I think he’ll come back into the starting XI soon, maybe Monk has decided to just take him out for a couple of games and ease the burden of expectation that was around him when he signed from Palace, but it’s not been the ideal start for him.”
Steven Fletcher has recently returned to the matchday squad for Sheffield Wednesday after a injury lay-off with a knee problem picked up earlier in this year’s campaign.
Muhsin went on to admit that he is expecting Fletcher to be eased back into action, to avoid a reoccurrence of his injury, and felt that both Fletcher and Wickham could potentially play in the starting XI together before the end of the season.
“I think Fletcher will possibly make a few introductions off the bench before Monk will start him regularly again just to make sure there’s no recurrence of an injury.
“He’s been a big miss whilst he’s been out and the team’s poor run of form has coincided with that so I think it’s a given that he’ll be brought back as soon as possible. He had a spell at Sunderland with Wickham and I wouldn’t be surprised to see those two start up top together once Fletcher is fit enough.”
The Sheffield Wednesday fan pundit is remaining optimistic that Wickham can prove to be a success with Garry Monk’s side in the near future, and feels as though he needs to be played alongside another striker to get the best out of him in this year’s campaign.
“I would like to think this won’t be a wasted move for Wickham. I can’t see Garry Monk going up on him that easily at all.
“Like I said, him and Fletcher might be the pairing that Monk wants going into the final part of the season and it’s a partnership I definitely think could work and having Fletcher alongside him would benefit Wickham massively.
“It’s not been the fast start we wanted or even needed from Wickham, but it could easily and quickly turn into a successful spell once the team finds that spark and bit of confidence again.”
Wickham and his Sheffield Wednesday team-mates will be keen to pick up a much-needed win in the Championship when they take on Charlton Athletic at Hillsborough on Wednesday evening.
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