Sheffield Wednesday boss makes admission over midfield star

Sheffield Wednesday manager Garry Monk hopes Adam Reach's goal against Brighton and Hove Albion can kickstart his season.

By Dom Howson
Monday, 6th January 2020, 11:55 am
Updated Monday, 6th January 2020, 4:38 pm

It has been a frustrating year for attacking midfielder Reach, who has struggled for form and to find the net on a consistent basis.

But the 26-year-old was the hero in Saturday's FA Cup tie at the Amex Stadium, bagging a 65th minute winner after a well-worked free kick routine.

It took Reach's goal tally to two for the campaign.

"I am pleased for him," Monk told The Star. "It was a well taken goal and a good drill.

"It is all going to add to his confidence. I know he likes to score goals but for me I am different. I look for the all round performance."

After a quiet first half, Reach was a big threat after the break. It was a much-improved showing from the Middlesbrough man and Monk believes Reach could be a key player for the Owls in the second half of the campaign.

"He has been doing well, but he has not been as consistent as he would have liked in terms of goal-scoring," said Monk.

Owls midfielder Adam Reach.

"Goals and wins will always add confidence. Hopefully Reachy will kick on from this."

Reach admits he is desperate to become a Premier League player and feels the win over the Seagulls can provide confidence for the team to push on.

"Yeah, that is the aim, that is my aspiration," the 26-year-old said of playing in the top flight.

"I want to be a Premier League player just like everyone else in our dressing room because we believe in ourselves and we think we have the right man in charge and the right players to challenge.

"I want to get there and in stadiums like this against Premier League clubs and come off on the winning side, it gives us belief we can get there.

"We are good enough to play there. But it is one thing thinking it and one thing actually doing it."