After weeks of speculation, Sheffield Wednesday finally announced Garry Monk as their next permanent manager last week.
The Owls had been searching for Steve Bruce’s successor for almost two months, but were still able to make a decent start to the Championship season under caretaker boss Lee Bullen.
Going into Monk’s first game as manager against Huddersfield at the weekend, the Owls have won three and lost three of their opening six league matches and currently sit eleventh in the Championship table.
According to WhoScored.com here are the top five Sheffield Wednesday players with the best pass success rate in the Championship so far this season…
5: Kieran Lee – 83.6%
Kieran Lee has endured a very difficult few months for Sheffield Wednesday due to injury problems, but after returning to action at the end of last season, he’s made an encouraging start to the new campaign.
The defensive midfielder has started four of the Owls’ six Championship matches so far this term and also appeared off the bench in the win over Luton.
His passing stats have been very good and he’s been able to achieve a pass success rate of 83.6%.
4: Julian Borner – 83.7%
Julian Broner has been very solid at the back since his arrival at Sheffield Wednesday earlier this summer.
The experienced centre-back has started all six of the Owls’ matches in the Championship since arriving at Hillsborough, helping the team keep clean sheets against Barnsley and Luton.
He’s a tough-tackling, no-nonsense defender but his passing stats for the Owls so far have also been surprisingly impressive and he has a very respectable pass success rate of 83.7%.
3: Kadeem Harris – 84.3%
Kadeem Harris has been arguably the standout player for Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship this season.
The 26-year-old has started every game for the Owls in the Championship this so far, scoring two goals.
The winger has been excellent since joining in the summer and he’s caused teams all sorts of problems with his pace and strength.
His passing stats so far are also very impressive and he’s rarely given the ball away.
2: Massimo Luongo – 88.7%
Massimo Luongo joined Sheffield Wednesday from QPR during the summer transfer window and though he’s yet to start a game for the Owls in the Championship, his performances from the bench so far have been rather encouraging.
Though he’s given the ball away cheaply a few times, he’s provided the Owls with some more energy in midfield and you imagine he’ll be reasonably happy with his pass success rate of 88.7%.
Luongo will be hoping to start more games after the international break and it’ll be interesting to see if he’s given more opportunities now that Monk has taken charge at Hillsborough.
1: Jordan Rhodes – 90%
Believe it or not, Jordan Rhodes has the best pass success rate of any Sheffield Wednesday player in the Championship so far this season – but that doesn’t tell the full story.
This is largely down to the fact that the striker has only been on the pitch for 38 minutes, appearing as a substitute in the games against Barnsley and Millwall.
Rhodes has attempted a total of ten passes in his two substitute appearances and has completed nine of them, leaving him with a pass success rate of 90%.
If Rhodes wasn’t on this list, defender Sam Hutchinson would have been the player with the fifth-highest pass success rate in the Owls squad, with 83.5%.