Garry Monk was heavily criticised for his squad selection after Sheffield Wednesday lost 1-0 away to Luton Town on Wednesday night. Fernando Forestieri surprisingly started at left wing-back and was substituted at half-time despite not faring too badly in the makeshift role.
Supporters vented their fury at Monk for the decision and believe he got it all wrong at Kenilworth Road. Wednesday have now gone five games without a win, picking up just two points from a possible 15. The Owls are nine points adrift of the playoffs after 32 games and look destined for midtable mediocrity.
Unbelievable selection and then takes him off at half time, leaving Windass on.
— Wednesday1962 (@wednesday1962) February 13, 2020
If our best and most attacking cf starts at left wing back then he should be sacked before kick off !!!! monk out !
— Lee van Gelder (@DutchMcLovin) February 12, 2020
Forestieri looks like he's never played as a left wing back in his life
Oh. Wait… #swfc
— Nigel Short (@nigel_short) February 12, 2020
Never ever ever have I heard of putting our most gifted and technical player as lwb. The players at the club admitted in interviews hes the best player at the club before anyone has a go.
— Bear (@Bearwithmeasec) February 12, 2020
Everything that was wrong about last night, points to Monk.
One up front again🤬
Forestieri left wing back, wtf🤬
Dropping Reach, Hutch & Westy🤬
Subs Forestieri for second half🤬
Sorry, but MONK OUT!!#swfc
— Tuna Taster (@suewhite3150) February 13, 2020
When you defense is low on confidence switching to a back 5 makes sense to tighten things up but you don't put a player like Forestieri at lwb that's absolutely ludicrous. Odubajo had an OK game at lb so why wasn't he at lwb? Or switch sides with Palmer.
— Paul🦉🇸🇪🦉🏴🦉 (@Placebo_obecalP) February 13, 2020
Forestieri made up a back-five of Julian Borner, Dominic Iorfa, Tom Lees and Liam Palmer. The 30-year-old retained possession well, had a number of chances and turned over the ball multiple times, but he was still replaced by Kadeem Harris after 45 minutes.
As per WhoScored, Forestieri had 37 touches, took three shots, completed 90% of his 20 passes, made one interception, whipped in two crosses with 50% accuracy, made three tackles, drew two fouls and had one successful dribble. It remains to be seen what Monk will do with Forestieri when Wednesday face Reading on Saturday, however.