Sheffield Wednesday boss Tony Pulis is looking to add more goals to his midfield, which is the reason why Izzy Brown is finding it hard to get games under the new Hillsborough chief.
Pulis has arrived at Wednesday and is looking to oversee something of a great escape.
The Owls are in the Championship’s bottom-three and are struggling to get going under Pulis. They lost to Preston North End and, since then, have drawn with both Swansea City and Stoke City.
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An issue for Pulis is the lack of goals in this Wednesday side.
They’ve scored only once since he was appointed and the 62-year-old finds himself looking for the right No.9 to drive his team forwards at the moment.
Callum Paterson was Garry Monk’s focal point, but he’s been shifted back into a midfield role and Pulis feels he can score goal from there, telling Yorkshire Live: “Paterson has got the energy and ability to time his runs and arrive late in the box to cause problems.
“I think he can score goals from midfield, he has got so many strings to his bow.”
The decision to drop Paterson into the midfield has left Brown frustrated and out of the team, with the same Yorkshire Live report underlining that if the 23-year-old is going to convince Pulis, he’s got to offer more goal threat from midfield.
Brown is yet to score for Sheffield Wednesday, whilst his loan spell with Luton Town in the Championship last season saw him bag only one goal.
So far, he’s featured for just 15 minutes from the bench under Pulis.
Wednesday’s midfielders are going to have to score more goals, there’s no denying that. In Brown, you’ve got a forward-thinking player, but one that’s not prolific by any stretch of the imagination.
Brown’s last decent spell in-front of goal came when he was with Rotherham and Huddersfield, which was way back in 2016/17.
He’s had injuries since then, but his game does really lack goals and as Pulis looks to stop them going in at one end, whilst also putting enough goal-threat in his own XI, it is hard to see where Brown fits in.
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