Owls Fans Column: Sheffield Wednesday may need a midfield spark more than a striker

Owls Jeremy Helan fires in a shot
Owls Jeremy Helan fires in a shot
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If goals were carbon, Sheffield Wednesday would be the most environmentally friendly club in the Championship.

Our goal difference is zero. Whatever we score we offset at the other end of the field. We’re a goal neutral club.

Laura Jones

Laura Jones

Our 0-0 draw at Brentford on Tuesday evening showed our footprint perfectly, the Owls defence rarely looked troubled and the strikers rarely looked troublesome. The travelling fans walked away thinking the gusts of wind looked more of a threat than we did.

I can’t help feeling it’s time we got a little less environmentally friendly in front of goal.

Stuart Gray has hinted at bringing in an experienced Premier League striker on loan in time for the Norwich game.

Fans seem to be torn on the subject. If we had another striker would he get the service from midfield? If we had another midfielder would our current forwards take advantage? Of course it would be nice to have both.

Our newest energy source is Royston Drenthe. From what we’ve seen of the winger, his sparky runs are high energy but deceptively ineffective. With number 11 on his back, his head down and temperament to go it alone, he’s eerily like Jermaine Johnson. Helan made more use of his speed on Tuesday with runs to the by line but his crosses were constantly over hit. Maghoma lacks the pace and quality we need.

Stevie May could spend more time in the box if he wasn’t perpetually drifting to the right wing to provide his own service, covering for an out of position Maguire.

We can recycle the same players in different positions but we’re still left with a lack of power and purpose. If we do get another striker in he’s going to have be good at making his own chances.