Sheffield Wednesday boss Neil Thompson opens up on talks with 'frustrated' Josh Windass
Sheffield Wednesday caretaker boss Neil Thompson admitted that his forward Josh Windass has been left frustrated at a lack of playing time in recent weeks, spelling out what he feels he must do to become the club’s main man again.
The 27-year-old, who joined the club from Wigan Athletic on a permanent basis in the summer, has started in 17 of his 25 league appearances this season but has been left waiting in the wings in recent weeks, starting on the substitutes bench in the last five matches.
Callum Paterson, Jordan Rhodes and Elias Kachunga all appear to be further on in Thompson’s thinking for now and the message of the stand-in boss is a simple one; Windass must wait and take his opportunity when it comes.
Speaking after Wednesday’s 1-0 defeat at Stoke City last night in which Windass came on for the last two minutes, Thompson said: “The bottom line is, Josh is frustrated he’s not playing, but the lads in front of him have done a good job.
“Pato [Callum Paterson] and Rhodesy [Jordan Rhodes] have come in and done well, Kachunga has done well, so he’s just got to bide his time like everybody. If you’re on the sidelines you’ve got to wait for your chance.
“When you get your opportunity you have to show what you can do.
“I’ve had a couple of chats with Josh about it, he’s frustrated but I’d expect that.”
Windass, whose hard-working performances earned praise early on in the season, has scored four goals in this campaign.