Date: 17th March 2020 at 8:00am
Written by: Brian Morgan

Sheffield Wednesday’s season has fallen apart in 2020 and Garry Monk’s job security is precarious. The Owls boss can’t find the remedy to arrest their slide in the Championship and there’s evidence to suggest his man-management isn’t effective either.

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Keiren Westwood was exiled from the first-team and replaced by Cameron Dawson in goal due to poor form, but Monk has a similar problem with the 24-year-old and was under pressure to give Joe Wildsmith more opportunities before the season was postponed due to Covid-19.

Sam Hutchinson was another first-team player frozen out, but his omission came at the same time Wednesday suffered an injury crisis in midfield and were forced to play and out-of-form Joey Pelupessy alongside Barry Bannan due to Kieran Lee and Massimo Luongo being sidelined.

Moses Odubajo was deemed surplus to requirements after poor form, leading to him being dropped and put up for sale in January. Monk seemingly made a U-turn weeks later, however, and included the 26-year-old again in February.

The Wednesday manager has also mistreated his fringe strikers this season, handing them sporadic league appearances and expecting them to not show any signs of rust.

As per Transfermarkt, Jordan Rhodes featured twice in August, once in October and once in November before getting a run of games in December. The 30-year-old hasn’t played since January.

Sam Winnall has endured similar treatment. As per Transfermarkt, he played once in August, three times in September and once in October before featuring regularly in December and January. His last appearance came seven weeks ago, however, so his future looks to be away from Hillsborough.

Monk has changed his lineup so often in 2020 and hasn’t let the team settle with one system with a familiar lineup, so is it any wonder Wednesday are struggling? His treatment of players could also improve, as Westwood and Hutchinson could argue they’re no worse than those getting picked ahead of them. Moses being axed and quickly brought back will have been jarring too.

Read Crippy Cooke’s previous article