Sheffield Wednesday: Five things we’ve learned from the first ten games

Carlos Carvalhal has completed his first ten league games in charge of Sheffield Wednesday
Carlos Carvalhal has completed his first ten league games in charge of Sheffield Wednesday
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The ten game mark is often held up as a good indicator of how a team will fare for the rest of the campaign.

And it is so far so good for Sheffield Wednesday who sit just outside the top six after three consecutive league wins.

Here are five things we have learned about the Owls from their first ten Championship matches under Carlos Carvalhal:

- Goals are coming from all departments

Carlos Carvalhal has transformed the attacking part of the Owls game, bringing in players who have great delivery from open play and dead ball situations.

Aside from Claude Dielna, no other defender found the back of the net last season. Carvalhal has addressed that deficiency, with Tom Lees (2), Michael Turner and Daniel Pudil all weighing in with goals and it is only the beginning of October.

To be successful at this level, Carvalhal has recognised you can ill afford to rely on just your forward line.

- Fortune has favoured Owls

They may have won four on the spin, but Wednesday have not had things all their own way.

Carvalhal’s side deserved to dump Premier League Newcastle United out of the Capital One Cup but it could have been a different story had Siem de Jong taken one of the two chances he had in the closing stages of the tie. Would Owls have triumphed had it gone into extra time?

In the league, there have been times when the Owls have rode their luck.

If Fulham, Brentford and Preston had been more clinical in the final third, Wednesday would have dropped points and not be sitting pretty in the top 10.

Better sides than Fulham, Brentford and Preston will punish defensive lapses in concentration.

- Switch in system has worked a treat

Wednesday have been much improved since Carvalhal ditched a 4-2-3-1 formation for 4-4-2.

Lewis McGugan failed to impress in the number 10 position and the Owls stuttered despite a promising opening-day victory over Bristol City.

Slowly but surely Carvalhal has figured out his best eleven and, although he continues to rotate some members of his squad, has come to the conclusion that playing with wide players, rather than relying solely on full-backs to provide the width, is the way forward.

Ross Wallace stood out against Fulham, underlining his superb crossing ability by claiming three assists.

There seems to be a better balance to Wednesday’s midfield, with Barry Bannan adding extra energy and creativity.

- Fernando Forestieri is a class act

The little Argentine looks a snip at £3m. Gets in some great positions in the hole and is that link between the midfield and attack.

As Carvalhal has pointed out, the Owls have nobody else in their squad with the flair and imagination Forestieri possesses. Is simply irreplaceable.

Atdhe Nuhiu has proved a good foil for Forestieri and the duo have showed signs of forging a fruitful partnership. That little and large double act will cause many defences in this division problems.

Leeds’ loss is definitely Wednesday’s gain.

- One striker short of top-six tilt

Carvalhal has solved a lot of Wednesday’s weak points. But a deadly centre forward is still required to complete the puzzle.

Far too many opportunities went begging at Bolton for Carvalhal’s liking. A proven goal-scorer would have made all the difference on the night.

With five loan players already on their books, Wednesday are in no rush to add that final piece to the jigsaw.

It is quality they want and someone who can genuinely challenge Forestieri, Nuhiu and Lucas Joao for a starting berth.