It has been a peculiar few months for Sheffield Wednesday but you would imagine that the majority of Owls fans will be happy with their current standing–eighth in the Championship and just one point outside the play-offs.
Steve Bruce’s exit in the summer threatened to destabilise Wednesday before the season began but caretaker manager Lee Bullen did an excellent job in the early stages of the new campaign.
New boss Garry Monk has made a great start to life at Hillsborough, taking 10 points from his first five league games and seeing his side move close to the top six.
Despite the off-field drama and changing of managers, a number of players have made fantastic starts to the season for the Owls.
Here we look at FLW’s top five Wednesday performers through the start of the 2019/20 campaign…
5. Adam Reach
The 26-year-old turned heads last term by scoring a number of ‘goal of the season’ candidates but it has been his all-round performances that have caught the eye in this campaign.
Reach has been something of a utility player for the Owls, playing as a right, attacking, and central midfielder–and doing a great job in all three positions.
The Englishman offers real positivity on the pitch and has looked dangerous in the final third, scoring once and providing three assists.
4. Kadeem Harris
Harris joined as a free agent in the summer after seeing his contract expire at Cardiff City and has been a revelation for the Owls so far.
His pace, agility and direct attacking style make him a constant threat on the wing and has given first Bullen and now Monk a real weapon out wide.
Harris’ one goal and two assists don’t quite do justice to how good he has been for Wednesday this season but you would imagine those stats will improve as the campaign wears on.
3. Barry Bannan
The first of two Scotsman on this list, Bannan has been fantastic for Wednesday this season and is the joint-leading provider of assists.
The 29-year-old has been a magician for the Owls in central midfield and makes the side tick–as evidenced by the fact no player in the squad averages more passes or key passes per game in 2019/20, according to Wyscout.
His form since Monk has taken over has been phenomenal and has earned him a nomination for the player of the month award for September.
2. Julian Borner
Wednesday fans will likely have been understandably worried to see 2018/19 player of the season Michael Hector return to his parent club in the summer but the performances of Borner should have made them forget all about the defender.
Another free agent signing, Borner was something of a left-field addition, having seen his contract expire with Bundesliga 2 side Arminia Bielefeld in the summer, but he has proved a really shrewd pick-up.
Whether next to Tom Lees or Dominic Iorfa, the German has been solid defensively for the Owls and has settled into life in the Championship brilliantly.
1. Steven Fletcher
The top spot could only really have been reserved for one man. Fletcher has been phenomenal for the Owls, both in front of goal and in his link-up play.
The Scotsman has scored five goals and provided one assist in 10 appearances this season and is integral to the success of Monk’s side–as their toothless performance against Hull City without him showed.
His understanding with Bannan is excellent and he too earned himself a nomination for the September player of the month award.
Fletcher may be 32 but he has shown no signs of a decline this season–he looks likely to be absolutely key to Wednesday’s play-off hopes.