Being the boss: More of the same... - Joe Crann picks his Sheffield Wednesday XI to beat Bristol in their Championship outing at Ashton Gate

He likes to think that he knows football – he certainly writes about it enough – but what do you think of Joe Crann's starting XI for Sheffield Wednesday's upcoming game?

Saturday, 26th September 2020, 12:00 pm
Updated Saturday, 26th September 2020, 12:13 pm
Sheffield Wednesday face Bristol City tomorrow afternoon at Ashton Gate. (Pic Steve Ellis)

Bristol City are a team in form, so beating them at Ashton Gate will be no easy feat, but the Owls have a good record against the Robins of late (they’ve won the last four meetings) and will be looking to keep that up.

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Can't fault Dawson so far this season, he's kept clean sheets in all of his outings so far, and has done absolutely nothing to suggest that he deserves to lose his place in the league. He made a couple of really big saves at Watford, and will be hoping to put in another good showing against Bristol.

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He's been linked with Watford, and the Premier League, this week, and given his ability and performances for the Owls, it's not really much of a surprise. Starts every week for me, and is key in the way that Wednesday play in terms of the backline. One of the first names on the teamsheet.
His resurgence continues this season, and as Monk said earlier this week, he's more like the Tom Lees that we know he can be. Hasn't put a foot wrong in the first couple of games, and should get the opportunity to carry that on in Bristol.
Van Aken has handled himself very well since coming back into the side under Monk. He seems to have bulked up a bit and become more physical, while his technical ability has never been in question. Julian Börner also did nothing to suggest that he should start over him after his performance v Fulham.
I think I've said before that the LWB role is almost tailor made for Penney, and he did well against Watford once again last weekend after Monk gave him another chance to start. Has got a wicked delivery and plenty of flair, too. That will come in handy.
Another one who has become a key part of the way that Monk's Wednesday play. Whether he's deployed on the right or left - both of which he's played in this season - he is full of running, endeavour and his defensive game has more than proven to be up to scratch. Wants more goals and assists, hopefully that starts tomorrow.
The only true senior defensive-minded midfielder at the club right now. Plays that role at the bottom of a midfield three and makes sure that Bannan and Brown have the freedom to roam. Injury permitting, he'll play a lot this season.
As captain, it's pretty clear that Bannan will be starting most games under Monk. He has done under the last few managers, and I see no reason why that should change. Has superb ability, and his work rate and ethic can't be questioned. Another key player.
The first half from Brown was a joy to behold. He was intelligent, graceful and physical, and you can't help but feel that he will be integral to any sort of success that Wednesday have this season. Looking forward to seeing him against Bristol.
He's a bit like an Energizer bunny, really. Windass is absolutely full of energy and some of the recovery work and tracking back that he's done at Wednesday has really been excellent. He's obviously a threat up top, which you can tell from his goals per minute ratio, but his all-round game is proving to be important, too.
The best finisher at the club, still. Dawson spoke of his ability this week, and that's what he's there to do - get the ball in the back of the net. He obviously hasn't done that enough at Wednesday, but hopefully under the new system, with Windass doing the leg work and the delivery of players like Brown, that can change. The only true No.9 currently at SWFC.