Date: 13th February 2020 at 2:34pm
Written by: Brian Morgan

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.

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.

Where will Sheffield Wednesday finish in the Championship?

1st - 6th

1st - 6th

7th - 14th

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15th - 21th

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22th - 24th

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