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Sam Winnall scored his first goal for Sheffield Wednesday in over two years at the weekend to ensure that new manager Garry Monk’s first game in charge of the Owls ended in victory.
The 28-year-old has endured a hugely frustrating few months, but came off the bench with an hour gone against Huddersfield and made an instant impact.
The striker worked tirelessly up front alongside Steven Fletcher, making a nuisance of himself and proving a handful for the Huddersfield defenders.
He was rewarded for his hard work when he headed in Barry Bannan’s cross to make it 2-0 in the 72nd minute, sending the away fans into raptures.
It’s been a frustrating few months for the striker, but he now has the perfect opportunity to get his Sheffield Wednesday career back on track under Monk.
Monk is an experienced manager and he’s not afraid to make the big decisions or experiment with his team selection.
The players who work hard in training are likely to be rewarded with opportunities on the pitch, so Winnaall now has a big chance to impress his new manager and to convince him that he deserves another chance at Hillsborough – especially with Fernando Forestieri banned for the next five matches.
Winnall was named on the bench ahead of Jordan Rhodes on Sunday and that alone shows that Monk is prepared to give him a chance. The fact the striker was able to repay his manager with a goal should give him a huge confidence boost.
He’s shown in the past with Barnsley that he’s capable of scoring goals in the Championship and if given the chance, there’s no reason why he shouldn’t be able to make an impact for the Owls this season.
He’s must make sure he remains focused and continues to put the work in on the training pitch. If he can do that, he’ll get more opportunities in the team and it’s up to him to make them count.
After all, he’s a good player, he’s got plenty of experience and he’s got all the attributes of a top striker – so why wouldn’t Monk want him in his team?
There’s no reason why he can’t get his Sheffield Wednesday career back on track and he could have an important role to play for the Owls this season.