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Sam Winnall offers encouraging Sheffield Wednesday insight

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Sheffield Wednesday striker Sam Winnall has claimed that the current mood of Owls squad is ‘as good as he’s ever known it’, according to the Sheffield Star.

After an excellent start to the season, the Owls sit pretty at the top of the table with two wins from two. Spirits seem to be at their maximum as confidence continues to grow in this experienced Wednesday side.

Winnall is back in contention and with Lucas Joao departing the club to Reading on deadline day. He’s hoping himself and the squad can push on.

He’s currently playing second fiddle to all three of Steven Fletcher, Jordan Rhodes and Fernando Forestieri. Fletcher started both of the opening fixtures as the Owls beat Reading and Barnsley.

The striker played just seven games last season and will be looking to stay fit for the majority of the campaign this time around. Having been on loan at Derby County the season before, Winnall has shown that he is good enough to compete at this level.

The 28-year-old is now aiming to stay patient and hope that his chance will come around this season. When it does, he’s determined to take it.

Speaking on the Sporting Life Championship Podcast, he said: “To be fair to them, the lads have been brilliant all through pre-season. Everyone came back in such good condition.

“It was a great result for us at Reading in the first game of the season and we have backed that up with another home win, which is great for the fans.

“Things are going well and everyone is positive. The mood around the camp is great. It is as good as I have ever known it to be honest.

“I have not played as many minutes as I would have wanted to but I understand there is competition at this level and it is tough.

“I have got to be patient and wait for my opportunity but the main positive is I am feeling really good within myself.”

The Verdict

The Owls have had an excellent start to the season under Lee Bullen and can be happy with their opening results.

It is no surprise that a player has come out and praised the mood and attitude of the squad. What’s most impressive however, is that it was Sam Winnall. A squad member who hasn’t played a minute this season yet, and despite being frustrated he only had praise for his team-mates around him.

Winnall spent much of last season on the sidelines and can feel relieved to be back in the squad and in the thick of things. When on form, the Owls have a real striker on their hands.

A real sign that Sheffield Wednesday are moving in the right direction, and could make a charge for promotion this season.

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