Massimo Luongo says he and his Sheffield Wednesday teammates are happy to go under the radar in the race for promotion to the Premier League this season.
Garry Monk’s side currently find themselves eighth in the Championship standings, three points off the play-off places, and six adrift of the automatic promotion spots after 16 games of the season, meaning they are in the battle for a place in the top flight next year.
Speaking about the way Wednesday are viewed in the promotion race by the rest of the second-tier, Luongo – who spent the last four seasons with the Owls’ Championship rivals QPR prior to his move to Hillsborough in the summer transfer window – told the Sheffield Star: “I know the view of Sheffield Wednesday is, from my time at QPR and with other clubs, is that we’re a bit of a dark horse.
“I know that now from people I talk to from the inside looking out, too.
“People look after a couple of weeks of not noticing and Wednesday are in the play-off places. We go under the radar a bit, but that will change in time I guess.”
That however, is not something that seems to concern Luongo and the rest of Wednesday’s side, as the Australian international continued: “We’re fine with it. It lets us continue our work without worrying about what people think. We’re developing an identity.”
Will Sheffield Wednesday win promotion this season?
Wednesday return to action after the international break when they travel to The Hawthorns to take on league leaders West Brom.
The Owls hopes of promotion could also be impacted by off the field issues, after the EFL announced on Thursday that the club had been charged with a breach of the Profit and Sustainability regulations, following the recent sale of Wednesday’s Hillsborough stadium.
I can see what Luongo means here.
It is often the case that sides further down the division will up their game against the teams right at the top of the table, so going under the radar could mean that Sheffield Wednesday will not have to face that prospect quite so much.
That is something that may then be able to help them climb the standings, putting them into a position from where they can eventually secure their place in the top flight.
The announcement of the charges against the club however may complicate that somewhat, and you feel that is something they will want sorted as soon as possible, so they can turn their attention fully back to the challenge of competing for promotion this season.