Sheffield Wednesday: What star man Kadeem Harris had to say about his own form as goalless run continues
Sheffield Wednesday winger Kadeem Harris said he has been critical of his own performances in recent weeks – admitting he hasn’t been able to maintain the high standards set in his first few games at the club.
The 26-year-old, who made a remarkable impact after signing from Cardiff City on a free transfer in the summer, is on a run of 13 league matches without a goal and was substituted after just an hour in the Owls’ 2-1 defeat at league leaders West Brom on Saturday.
Harris scored two goals in his first four matches with the club, receiving plaudits for offering a pace and direction not seen at Hillsborough for several seasons.
And while he remains one of Wednesday’s most exciting outlets – only Barry Bannan has created more Owls chances this season – he is self-critical of his recent performances.
Speaking ahead of the Hawthorns clash Harris said: “I feel like I started very strong and in the last few weeks, if results went our way, I probably would have felt that my own performance was better than how I do feel, but I've been hard on myself.
“There is always room for improvement and I'm sure there will be times in the season that are a bit more difficult.
“In the last couple of weeks I haven't done too much, I have high standards for myself and I'll be working hard to get back to that.”
Part of the issue may be in that while he arrived as something of an unknown after a bit-part role at Cardiff he described as ‘frustrating’, teams have begun to recognise his threat and importance to Wednesday, setting up appropriately.
“There have been a couple of games where teams have doubled-up on me,” he said. “But I don't see that as an issue.
“I've been playing football for a long time now and I know how to combat that, it shouldn't be an issue. I've had two players against me, but that's an opportunity to exploit different areas of the pitch.
“Of course it's a compliment but it's up to me to disappoint them. I'm working hard on what I need to do and make sure I execute that. I've got to do that in the games coming up.”
Harris has recently welcomed the competition for places on Wednesday’s wings. On-loan Newcastle flyer Jacob Murphy has started the last two matches ahead of talisman Adam Reach, who himself admitted his own dip in form earlier this season.
And having set up to prove a point after his south Wales exit, Harris’ focus is now on one thing – turning periods of Sheffield Wednesday dominance into points.
Asked whether he believes he is proving that point, he said: “I hope so. That was my initial task, but I'm not really thinking about that now.
“I'm all about getting promoted with this team. Every single one of us deserve it and the fans deserve it, so my thoughts have gone away from that. It's a normal thing to have to prove a point as a footballer, but now my main task is to help get the team promoted.
“I always believed that eventually I wouldn't be a bit-part player. I actually thought it would happen a lot sooner at Cardiff and I never really got that opportunity. But everything happens for a reason and now I'm here and I'm enjoying my time and getting opportunities week-in, week-out.
“After the start I had it's up to me to make sure I cement that starting place for a whole season and get the team promoted. It's not about me, it's about the team and the fans and this massive club.”