Cast your mind back to this time last year and Sheffield Wednesday’s situation was looking rather different.
Indeed, this time last year, the Owls had just beaten Bristol City 1-0 to move up to third in the Championship table, but it’s fairt o say that things have gone downhill just a little bit since then.
The Owls now sit in the relegation zone, and when you look at their squad it’s really hard to understand why, as they’ve managed to retain a lot of their key players from last season.
However, one key player who did leave is now being severely missed.
Of course, we’re talking about Steven Fletcher.
Fletcher was one of the deadliest strikers in the division last season, netting 13 goals in 27 appearances, and if it weren’t for an injury causing him to miss months of action, he would have been firmly in the Golden Boot race, as his minutes per goal ratio was right up there with the best of them.
Unfortunately, Wednesday couldn’t convince him to sign a new deal before his last contract expired, and they haven’t managed to replace him, at least not competently.
Indeed, Josh Windass and Jack Marriott arrived in the summer, and it’s fair to say that they’ve not hit the heights Fletcher did last season, scoring just three times between them.
The problem is that they’re not even close to being a similar type of player to Fletcher.
The 22-cap Scotland international was the perennial poacher, he was strong in the air and his striking instincts were second to none.
Therefore, it’s hard to understand why the Owls opted to sign two strikers who are below 6 feet in height and have never hit double figures in the Championship.
Wednesday’s success in the early parts of the 2019/20 season came when they had Fletcher as a focal point, but now they don’t have anyone to finish off the chances they’re creating.
Of course, the fact that they’re not creating many chances doesn’t help, but the likes of Barry Bannan and Izzy Brown are more than capable of carving out opportunities, but they don’t have anyone there to finish them off.
Luckily for Wednesday, January is just around the corner and they have the opportunity to put this right, and that has to be their number one priority once the window opens.
The Owls need to make sure they sign a proven goal scorer who can put away every chance presented to him.