Date: 17th February 2020 at 4:08pm
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After Sheffield Wednesday’s 3-0 defeat to Reading, some fans took to social media to criticise Garry Monk’s selection of Osaze Urhoghide. The 19-year-old struggled to contain Ovie Ejaria on Saturday and was eventually sent off for two bookable offences.

Some supporters believe Monk should have known Urhoghide wasn’t ready for more Championship football given his poor performances in past appearances.  Wednesday were coming into the Reading game off the back of six defeats from their last nine league games, so it was a gamble throwing him in.

Against Reading, Urhoghide played for 49 minutes, made 37 touches, won one aerial duel, completed 62.5% of his 16 passes, made two interceptions, gave away two fouls, made two tackles and failed to find a teammate with his two long ball attempts.

The 19-year-old has made four appearances in all competitions for Wednesday, racking up 268 minutes of playing time, but he had been an unused substitute for four league games before starting against Reading.

Urhoghide was dropped after struggling in the Owls’ 5-0 defeat to Blackburn Rovers (January 18, 2020), so it was a surprise to see him back weeks later. Being sent off won’t have done him any favours.

Where will Sheffield Wednesday finish in the Championship?

1st - 6th

1st - 6th

7th - 14th

7th - 14th

15th - 21th

15th - 21th

22th - 24th

22th - 24th

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