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What does the future hold for Elias Kachunga at Sheffield Wednesday?

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It has been a very challenging season for Sheffield Wednesday and for the vast majority of the players at Hillsborough that has left them at major risk of relegation from the Championship.

Kachunga was brought into the club in September following his release from fellow Championship side Huddersfield Town. That came after last season saw him fail to replicate the form he showed for the Terriers in the 2016/17 promotion-winning campaign, where he fired in 12 league goals in 45 appearances (Sofascore). The decision was therefore made to allow him to move on.

Garry Monk brought Kachunga into the club as he looked to bolster the Owls’ diminishing options in the attacking third during the summer. However, the forward has now had to play under three other managers this campaign at Sheffield Wednesday, with Darren Moore now the latest one he now needs to convince he is good enough to feature on a regular basis.

The 28-year-old has not been able to full establish himself in the starting line-up for the Owls this season in the Championship, with only nine of his 22 league appearances having come from the start to date (Sofascore). He was brought off the bench by Moore against Rotherham United in his first game in charge, but he was left as an unused substitute in the 3-0 loss at Reading on Saturday.

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Moore instead elected to bring on both Jordan Rhodes and Jack Marriott ahead of him. That means that Kachunga could be behind those two as well as Callum Paterson in terms of who the former Doncaster Rovers manager feels should be starting for the Owls.

Considering Kachunga is one of a number of Sheffield Wednesday players out of contract in the summer, it does at this stage look likely that he could well be heading for pastures new in the summer. However, the 28-year-old will still have the chance to impress Moore, who could look to shake things up after back-to-back defeats in his first two games in charge.

Time though is running out for Kachunga, who has only managed two assists in his 22 league appearances and has not scored a single goal yet in that time. The forward needs to work hard in training to convince Moore to select him and then make the most of any chance he is given.

That would mean he has to show much more than the 0.4 shots and 0.8 key passes he has been averaging in the league so far this term (Sofascore). If Sheffield Wednesday are relegated they are unlikely to be wanting to offer him a new deal in League One, so the Owls may need to stay up for him to have a chance of remaining with the club.

The forward himself might feel he needs a change in the summer, and he might even consider a move away from English football after his struggles in recent campaigns.


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