When the club captain gets sent off after three minutes in his first match after a long-term injury, it begs the question; where are leaders at Sheffield Wednesday?
There’s no loud hailer voice on the pitch giving players a kick up the proverbial when they need it.
Glenn Loovens is the oldest, wisest head and I suspect the main reason why the club chose him as captain.
We needed his experience back in the defensive line and as our captain but he let us down last Saturday against Derby County.
For more than 85 minutes we played with ten men.
Despite the circumstances, we did manage a decent performance, which I know is relative these days.
What we needed at that moment was real leadership.
Someone to grab the players, give them a shake and point to the away fans and say ‘give them something to be proud of.’
If we had a leader on the pitch, Adam Reach would have had a calming arm around him and a quiet word to keep his cool even though the fans were getting on his back.
If we had a leader on the pitch, he would have instilled some passion into the players.
Can you imagine Nigel Pearson standing for some of the recent player performances?
Do you think Lee Bullen would have submissively let the team drift?
There are jokers in the team, there are professionals, and there are those desperate for guidance.
The whole team is greater than the sum of its parts, but some parts seem to be lacking in wisdom and passion. Things that no self-respecting owl would be without.
Take a look at the team and tell me who fits the bill, that isn’t always injured.
I’ll bet you struggle to name a strong voice that translates to the pitch.