This article is part of Football League World’s ‘Regular Punter’ series, where we gather original opinions from select, passionate fans of the clubs concerned on matters surrounding their team and share them with a wider audience…
Sheffield Wednesday have got off to a relatively strong start to the season, with Garry Monk’s side currently sat eighth in the Championship table heading into the international break.
There seems to be a real belief amongst the squad this term, and the club’s supporters will be keen to see their side kick on and move up the table as the season progresses.
There were a number of players that left the club after last year’s league campaign, with one of them being Marcos Matias, who departed in the summer, and has since moved to Portuguese side Belenenses.
Football League World’s Sheffield Wednesday fan pundit Louis Muhsin feels as though Matias wouldn’t have been a regular starter in Garry Monk’s squad this season if he had remained at Hillsborough.
Would Matias get into the Sheffield Wednesday starting XI this season?
“Marco Matias wouldn’t get into the current team. He showed glimpses of what he could do and what could have been when he first signed, nothing more stunning than his Gascoigne-like goal against Leeds.
“That was about as good as it got for him and the fans at Wednesday as injuries and form limited his impact on the team.
“Last season proved to be his most successful on a personal level as he made more appearances and scored more goals than he managed in any of his first three seasons at the club as Wednesday made a late and unlikely push for a play off place. But overall he was a signing that offered a lot of promise turned out to be a decent squad player at best.”
The regular punter went on to admit that there are slight similarities between that of Matias and on-loan winger Jacob Murphy, who has hit two goals so far this season for Wednesday.
“If he was to be compared to a player in the current squad it would be hard to place him. He tended to play off or behind the front man or off the wing so in that respect you could argue he would be a mix of Adam Reach and Jacob Murphy.
“Murphy does show shades of Matias in that he came to the club with so much promise. He’s someone who you’d think would get the ball and go at defenders, making things happen and getting fans on their feet but like Matias, Murphy frustrates fans as he fails to live up to the expectation consistently enough.”
Muhsin felt that the Hillsborough faithful won’t miss Matias too much this season, but claims that the winger would have been a completely different player if he had stayed free of injuries, which seemed to impact his time with the Championship club.
“Wednesday don’t miss the player they released in Matias, as like I said he ended up been an above average squad player really but if he could have stayed injury free and really settled into the team during his first season, I’m sure Wednesday fans would have seen a totally different player.”
Sheffield Wednesday are next in action after the international break when they take on league leaders West Brom in what is certain to be a tough test for Garry Monk’s side as they look to remain within touching distance with the promotion-chasing pack.