Connor Wickham made his second appearance for Sheffield Wednesday since returning on loan for the rest of the season but didn’t set the place alight. The 26-year-old was brought in to replace the injured Steven Fletcher, but supporters aren’t convinced he’s good enough to lead the line.
Wickham has been short of playing time this season due to his own problems with injury, so Wednesday don’t yet have a fully fit player in attack. The Crystal Palace loanee is dominant in the air and strong on the ball, but he’s not having many chances and frequently relinquishes possession.
I hope the fans wanting Wickham back have removed their rose tinted glasses. His performances thus far are more indicative of the years of injury, lack of game time and abject lack of goals since he last played for us all those years ago #swfc
— Phil Marsh (@philsteruk) February 12, 2020
When is Wickham making his debut? #swfc
— Lee Fisher (@LeeJFisher1) February 12, 2020
Nuhiu & Wickham 🤝 having the mobility of a sandbag #swfc
— Oliver Glover (@OliverGlover9) February 12, 2020
Soooooo where is everyone that said ‘Wickham will tear this league to shreds’ then? #swfc
— Harry Askham (@HJAHeatingLtd) February 12, 2020
Does anyone know what was the point in signing wickham? #swfc poor lads a spectator
— Dean Missere (@DeanMissere) February 12, 2020
Connor wickham is bang average at the very best give me fletcher any day of the week #swfc
— charlie clamp (@charlie_clamp) February 12, 2020
Nuhiu more effective than Wickham. Dont even @ me #swfc
— Joe (@wawawuto19) February 12, 2020
Against Luton, Wickham played for 90 minutes, had 37 touches, won eight aerial duels, had one shot which wasn’t on target, completed 53.3% of his 15 passes, found a teammate with both of his long balls, made four tackles, gave away three fouls and drew one foul himself.
Wickham was dispossessed eight times, however, and made three unsupported touches, so Garry Monk may be considering a shakeup with his attack ahead of Saturday’s clash with Reading.
The Wednesday manager has Forestieri, Jordan Rhodes, Sam Winnall, Alessio Da Cruz and Atdhe Nuhiu at his disposal, so time will tell who gets the nod over the weekend.