Date: 17th July 2020 at 10:00am
Written by: Brian Morgan

Sheffield Wednesday weren’t at their best in Tuesday’s 0-0 draw with Huddersfield Town, but Joey Pelupessy made a big impression. The 27-year-old wasn’t even starting the game, but he shone from the bench and was hailed by supporters on social media. Pelupessy saw a lot of the ball when introduced and turned over possession more than his teammates.

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Against Huddersfield, the £540k-rated midfielder played for 32 minutes, had 19 touches, completed 81.8% of his 11 passes, picked up a booking, had 100% accuracy from his three long balls, made four tackles, gave away two fouls and won one free-kick himself.

Pelupessy has struggled for regular playing time this season, making 21/49 appearances in all competitions under Garry Monk while only amassing 854 minutes of Championship football, but he may have played himself into the side after Tuesday.

The 27-year-old’s future looked uncertain at Wednesday this summer due to his expiring contract, lack of minutes and inconsistent form, but he signed a contract extension until 2021 and is now being given opportunities again.

If Pelupessy can replicate his Huddersfield performance when the Owls play Fulham on Saturday, he could slowly change the negative perception among fans going into next season.

Read Crippy Cooke’s previous article