Sheffield Wednesday: Owls need more firepower

Michail Antonio, right, celebrates his goal in a 2-2 home draw with Derby - one of the nine goals that made him Wednesday's top scorer this season
Michail Antonio, right, celebrates his goal in a 2-2 home draw with Derby - one of the nine goals that made him Wednesday's top scorer this season
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Dave Jones will not need to delve too deeply into statistics to conclude that the Owls need a goalscorer next season.

Whether that is Steve Howard or Leroy Lita, or somebody who is already on the books, or a summer signing, the facts suggest that the club will have to bolster their firepower for the 2013-14 campaign.

They were joint 21st in the Championship scoring chart along with Huddersfield with 53 league goals this season; only Millwall, 51, and Ipswich, 48 netted fewer in the division.

Michail Antonio ended up as top scorer with only nine; a good total from a personal perspective, for someone who spent most of the season playing out wide and was injured for the last nine matches, but Wednesday and any of their rivals would hope to have somebody in double figures.

Last season Gary Madine was top with 18, all of them in League One.

At the same level the year before that, on-loan Neil Mellor bagged 20, including 13 in the league; Tommy Miller and Clinton Morrison both scored 11.

In the Championship between 2006 and 20010, the club’s chart-toppers were, in chronological order, Chris Brunt, seven, Deon Burton and Steve MacLean, both with 13 in 2007; Burton again, with nine; and Marcus Tudgay for two successive seasons, with 14 and 10.

In the two seasons before the Owls were promoted in 2005, the top scorers were Shefki Kuqi, eight, and Guylain Ndumbu-Nsungu, 10.

Lack of goals as a reason why the club spent most of the season at the bottom end is given credence by the fact that with 61 league goals conceded, Wednesday had the joint ninth best defensive record in the division.

Owls scorers, 2012-13 - League: Antonio 8, J Johnson 6, R Johnson 6, Lita 6, Llera 6, O’Grady 4, Barkley 4, Madine 3, Maguire 1, Helan 1, McCabe 1, Pugh 1, Howard 1, Rodri 1, Bothroyd 1, Sidibe 1, Wickham 1, og 1.

Capital One Cup: O’Grady 2, Antonio 1, J Johnson 1, Madine 1.

The Owls had two FA Cup ties, against MK Dons: a 0-0 home draw and a 2-0 defeat in the replay.

In the appearance charts, Chris Kirkland was of course top, after playing in every league match, plus the Capital One Cup tie at Oldham.

The outfield player with most appearances was Miguel Llera, with 41 starts in the league and five in the cups.

Next comes Lewis Buxton, with 40 league starts and four in the cups.

Jermaine Johnson had 45 outings but 22 of them were from the bench.

Jeremy Helan was by far the most used loan player: he was in the side 27 times and went on once as a sub.

Appearances (in order League, CO Cup, FA Cup, sub outings in brackets):

Kirkland 46, 1, 0; Llera 41, 3, 2; Buxton 40, 2, 2; Antonio 37, 3, 1 (1); Gardner 37, 1, 0; Helan 27 (1), 0, 0; Prutton 22, 0, 1; J Johnson 21 (20), 1 (1), 1 (1); Semedo 17 (9), 3, 1 (1); Lee 16 (7), 1, 2; McCabe 16 (6), 0, 1; R Johnson 16, 1, 0; Pugh 16, 0, 0; Coke 15 (1), 1 (1), 0; O’Grady 14 (7), (2), (1); Bothroyd 14, 0, 0; Lita 13 (4), 0, 0; Barkley 12 (1), 0, 0; Madine 10 (20), 3, 1 (1); Taylor 10 (1), 0, 2; D Jones 9, 2, 0; Mattock 6 (1), (1), 2; Corry 6, 1, 1; Olofinjana 6, 0, 0; Rodri 5 (6), (1), 0; Pecnik 5 (5), 3, 1; Sidibe 5 (4), 0, 1; Howard 5 (3), 0, 0; Beevers 5 (1), 2, 0; Lines 4 (2), 0, 0; Wickham 4 (2), 0, 0; Holden 4, 0, 0; Maguire 1 (9), 3, 1. Bywater 0, 2, 2.