Sheffield Wednesday boss Garry Monk responds to suggestions his side require more experience as dismal run goes on

Garry Monk does not believe the inclusion of more experienced players would help his Sheffield Wednesday’s efforts to climb out of their current malaise.

Monday, 17th February 2020, 5:00 pm

Goalkeeper Keiren Westwood today took to social media in an attempt to clarify his situation at the club. Together with midfield general Sam Hutchinson he has been cast aside by Monk, who has suggested the pair are unlikely to be recalled under his tenure.

Barry Bannan was a shock exclusion from the side in Saturday’s 3-0 defeat to Reading, starting on the bench alongside club captain Tom Lees, while teenage full-back Osaze Urhoghide was sent off for two yellow card offences before the hour.

Liam Palmer took the Wednesday armband in a side including three other players with more than 100 Owls appearances under their belts – Kieran Lee, Fernando Forestieri and Atdhe Nuhiu. Steven Fletcher is expected back early next month.

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Asked whether he was tempted to pack the team with more experience as the Owls attempt to turn around a run of just one win in 10 league matches, Monk said: “I don’t think that would help, we have already tried it. That’s not helped.

He added: “It’s a case of not being at the level that you need, that fight for your life mentality, that need to win and strive for something a bit more.

“The effort is there, I though the effort was there today, but I am talking about that extra level of tenacity, which has been lacking in this period.”

Sheffield Wednesday pair Keiren Westwood and Sam Hutchinson have been frozen out by Owls boss Garry Monk.