Being The Boss: Return of the Man - Joe Crann picks his Sheffield Wednesday XI to beat Wycombe Wanderers with hopes of a Dominic Iorfa and Izzy Brown return
Sheffield Wednesday need to get back to winning ways against Wycombe Wanderers in tomorrow’s bottom-of-the-table clash, and our man Joe Crann has tried to pick the best XI to get a result at Adams Park.
Sheffield Wednesday need to get a result against Wycombe Wanderers. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
Things need to be turned around for the Owls as they go up against a side that are yet to win a single game so far this season, and our man Joe Crann has picked his starting XI to get the job done down South tomorrow afternoon… There’s a couple of big returns that he’s hoping for, as well as possibly a surprise selection up top.
Cameron Dawson will not have been happy with his performance against Rotherham United after a number of errors, and it feels like if there was ever a time for Wildsmith to get a chance to stake his claim for the number one spot then this would be it. Feels like Dawson may even need it in terms of protecting him after some of the fan backlash.
Very much a needs must situation in terms of the shortage of centre backs to be honest, but I've been pretty impressed with Palmer when he's played as an RCB for the most part. As a Wednesdayite himself, he'll know just how important it is to turn things around at Wycombe.
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Wednesday need Big Dom back, it's as simple as that. The defence hasn't looked the same since he's not been in it, and the fact that he was talking so avidly about wanting to get back out there suggests that he's probably in with a shout this weekend. Would be a huge boost to have him available, and if he's fit, he starts, in my opinion.
Börner didn't cover himself in glory against Rotherham, but he's the only left-sided centre back in the side after Van Aken's suspension. As one of only two centre halves that we know are definitely fit, I'd be expected him to start.
Can never fault his ethic and workrate, but I do think that he's best utilised - for me - when he's on the right rather than on the left. Up against his boyhood club he'll be eager to put in a performance, and his pace could cause real problems for the Choirboys.
While Massimo Luongo is absence, Pelupessy is pretty much the only defensive-minded central midfielder available to Garry Monk, so if he's going to have somebody in that holding role then the Dutchman is the natural choice.
The captain will be in my starting XI whenever he's fit to be honest. Had a night to forget against Rotherham - as did so many others - but there's no doubting his importance in my eyes. I'm sure Wycombe will see him as the Owls' danger man, just as Paul Warne and the Millers did.
Another player that Wednesday have missed drastically since his injury, and he's now had 10 days of full training under his belt and may well be finally ready to return to action. He gives the Owls another creative outlet, gives the opposition something else to think about, and his intelligence could be crucial to getting a result.
We need to see more from Reach, there's no doubting that, but I think that having him in the side allows Harris to move out onto the right and they look a lot more balanced when that's the case in my opinion. Need Reach to play like he did against Birmingham - if he can, then he's a big asset.
A big body to lead the line could be important against a physical Wycombe side. We've seen in patches what he's capable of, even if he did have a disappointing night against Rotherham. Part of my reason for playing him is based on who I'm putting him alongside, too...
Maybe one that some would disagree with, but hear me out... Wednesday are lacking a real finisher, and Rhodes has got that in him, even if he's lost his touch quite substantially of late. Obviously it's not the same thing, but his finishing in warm-ups before games is impressive, and I'm interested in having a look at him alongside a player like Paterson who can potentially get a few loose balls his way. Pound for pound, the Owls should have enough to create chances at Adams Park, and it could be a good opportunity for Rhodes to get back among the goals. But who knows, really...