Songs, systems and.. Boris Johnson? Five things we’ve noticed from Sheffield Wednesday's training camp so far
Sheffield Wednesday are on day four of their five-day training camp at Loughborough University, with all eyes now turning towards their pre-season friendly with Leicester City on Saturday.
But what have we gleaned from some of the videos and social media output released from the camp so far? Let’s take a look at five things you might have missed..
So much was made of the changing room culture at Sheffield Wednesday last season and how quickly it needed to change. And while the start of the season always brings a renewed energy and positivity, from the outside at least it does look as though there’s something fresh happening at Loughborough.
Drills appear to be being completed with smiles on faces, body language is good and interviews with players show a glimpse of a vibrant, content changing room.
It’s early days, but the indications are good.
The Sheffield Wednesday media team have been working overtime on flashy new multimedia-led content, including an extended interview with manager Garry Monk, getting-to-know-you insights on the club’s new faces and regular inside glances at training sessions.
Social media has long been used by clubs up and down the leagues as an invaluable tool to bring fans and players closer together. It seems the Owls are well and truly aboard that train.
Sticking with the 3-5-2
Videos from earlier in the week showed Wednesday working on positional detail with Andrew Hughes, shuffling from a back five to a back three depending on where the ball was on the field.
It is expected, but this suggests Garry Monk’s preference heading into the season will be for the 3-5-2 system they ended it in.
Interestingly, Liam Palmer was shown lining up on the right wing-back position having slotted into one of the three central roles at the end of the last campaign. With no word yet on Jacob Murphy’s possible addition to the side, it could be that we see Palmer start there in the season’s opener.
There’s not much finer that a good tradition. And while the videos of the Wednesday new boys singing their initiation songs were more X-Rated than X Factor, it showed a sense of personality to the squad that all supporters enjoy.
Top of the pops was surely young Manuel Hidalgo for his energetic Latin swing. Rock bottom? You’ve got to say Izzy Brown was a little flat.
Let’s hope they can hit a pass better than they can hit a note.
While the full Owls squad went out shooting on a team bonding exercise on Wednesday, social media revealed that there was a notable guest back at the ranch as Boris Johnson engaged in one of his many PR opportunities.
The Prime Minister was pictured kicking a rugby ball at the Loughborough University pitches in front of cameras. The facility is home to some of England Rugby Union’s training sessions from youth up to senior level.
The visit had no baring on Wednesday’s decision to leave the camp – The Star understands they were always scheduled to do so.