The kids are alright at Sheffield Wednesday according to key men

Learning from the mistakes of those who had your job before you is a crucial part of being a football manager.

By Chris Holt
Monday, 31st August 2020, 12:33 pm

And on one particular matter, Garry Monk appears to be doing just that.

Jos Luhukay tried to bring down the average age of his squad, in a bid to change the dynamic of the group but made the mistake of throwing younger players into action when they weren’t really ready and the Owls kids, as well as the team, suffered as a result.

Monk’s easing his youthful talent into the set-up, giving them a taste of the first-team surroundings and taking a load of them away on the pre-season training camp at Loughborough which finished at the weekend with a friendly against Leicester.

Liam Shaw leaves the field after his full Sheffield Wednesday debut against Middlesbrough.

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The fact that quite a few of the young players got a run out, does suggest that there might be a lack of depth in Wednesday’s squad at present but the way in which they have conducted themselves and stepped up into the senior set-up has impressed both the manager and the new captain.

"That's what the younger players do, they bring those legs and that energy and as I said before the plan is to move the squad to be a more dynamic squad and I think you can see the signs of that,” Monk said after that 0-0 draw with the Foxes.

“We have still got a lot of work to do and a lot of improvement to make but in terms of what we've been doing for two weeks, getting to our first game and what we saw was a lot of what we worked on so it's really pleasing."

It was revealed at the weekend that Barry Bannan has been made skipper and he, too had positive things to say about the impact that players like Josh Render, Ciaran Brennan, Conor Grant, Liam Shaw and Charles Hagan who among others had all been at the training camp.

Bannan said: “They've been training with us for a while, the young boys, they've all got potential, they've been working really hard and we've been pleased with what we've seen and they've come in and given a good account of themselves.”