There has been a significant shift in spirits at Hillsborough recently, one that so often comes with a simple change in management.
Under Jos Luhukay, tensions were running high between the fans and the club. Attendances were plummeting and the Owls were slipping rapidly towards disaster.
With the expulsion of the Dutchman and the appointment of Steve Bruce as manager, that seems to have changed or at the very least, been halted.
Bruce is yet to officially take his position as Wednesday manager, not returning for personal reasons until the end of January, but there is no doubt that he will already have been studying his team intricately to figure out who he wants in and who he wants out.
One player who could go either way is a man who has already caused Bruce heartache this season.
Marco Matias opened the scoring when Wednesday came away from Villa Park with all three points back in September. John McGinn’s stunning volley drew the scores level but Steven Fletcher secured all three points for the Owls.
It was probably the peak of Matias’s season so far. The winger’s form has been rather erratic at times but remained a fairly consistent starter under Luhukay.
Three goals is not a great return, but in a side that has struggled with erratic selections and crippling injuries in attack, it is going to be hard for anybody to score with any regularity.
But a lack of goals can largely be forgiven in wingers if they are picking up assists, however, with just one all season it is hard to believe that Bruce will be totally enamoured with him.
It is clear from the way he conducts himself on the pitch, with that swaggering, menacing directness, that there is clearly a very good player in there – he just needs to find one with an accurate final ball.
He is someone who could really come on leaps and bounds under somebody like Bruce, who will be able to simplify the game for him and break it down to the bare bones and allow him to flourish.
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