This Sheffield Wednesday star has given Garry Monk for thought

As a double act, Atdhe Nuhiu and Steven Fletcher have demonstrated they are capable of terrorising Championship defences.

Monday, 2nd December 2019, 5:00 pm
Updated Monday, 2nd December 2019, 5:00 pm

The duo have been instrumental to Wednesday's success, creating and scoring 13 goals between them this season.

Manager Garry Monk's decision to change their formation from 4-5-1 to 4-4-2 and play Nuhiu up front alongside eight-goal leading marksman Fletcher against injury-ravaged Charlton Athletic proved a masterstroke. Nuhiu and Fletcher, at times, bullied the Addicks makeshift defence as Wednesday deservedly recorded a 3-1 win in the capital. Fletcher bagged a double, including a second half penalty, and Nuhiu netted in added on time to give Monk plenty to ponder ahead of their Hillsborough clash with Brentford.

On the Nuhiu-Fletcher partnership, Monk told The Star: "It is all food for thought.

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"I have come in here and I have tried to concentrate on our two biggest strengths. The strengths are in midfield and with the strikers. I have tried to pick certain teams and set ups to play to our strengths. Sometimes they go right, sometimes they go wrong but it is always with the best intentions."We haven't been far off where we needed to be in the last four or five games. We have played to our strengths and we need to try and back the Charlton win up."

Monk likes his teams to be adaptable and comfortable playing a variety of different systems. He has received flak, in some quarters, for being too cautious away from home, with his critics questioning why he has not selected two in attack on a more consistent basis.

When quizzed on what his thinking was behind their formation change at The Valley, Monk said: "I just felt that was what could affect the game after looking at what their set up would be and also trying to put our strength on the pitch.

"When you come into a football club, you try and assess what the strength of the squad is and try and play to it. That is what I have tried to do.

Strikers Steven Fletcher with Atdhe Nuhiu
Strikers Steven Fletcher with Atdhe Nuhiu

"I haven't had the luxury of transfer windows or pre-season with them so I have tried to identify what I think is their strength.”