Connor Wickham re-joined Sheffield Wednesday on loan in January with a view to recapturing his form after a lack of playing time in recent years, but he’s not had the desired impact under Garry Monk and looks a poor signing from the manager and recruitment team.
The 26-year-old has a great relationship with supporters after his second stint at Hillsborough (November 1, 2013 – January 27, 2014) led to eight goals and three assists in 11 Championship appearances, but his third stint hasn’t gone to plan. He’s goalless in seven games and barely started for Wednesday before the season was postponed due to the spread of Covid-19.
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As per WhoScored, Wickham has amassed 408 minutes of Championship football, created four chances, completed 49.1% of his 110 passes, won 32 aerial duels (39.5%), made six successful dribbles (85.7%), had 11 shots with 18% accuracy, made five tackles (45.5% success rate) and has lost the ball through an unsuccessful touch (15) or dispossession (13) every 14 minutes.
Wickham is not the only Wednesday player to underperform in 2020, but there may have been hints from his time at Crystal Palace that hinted at things to come. The 26-year-old has scored only eight goals in 42 Premier League games for Palace between 2015 and 2020, netting just once since November 2016.
The Owls still brought the striker to Hillsborough and nothing has changed. Wickham has been wasteful in possession, seldom hits the target with his efforts and struggles to hold up the ball. What the recruitment team saw in him this season remains to be seen, as Wickham spent a lot of the season sidelined through injury and hardly featured when fit.