Sheffield Wednesday return to action away at Cardiff City in the Championship tomorrow.
Sheffield Wednesday head to Wales in search of their first points of the season tomorrow, after suffering defeats in each of their three Championship opening games this season.
The Owls face a Cardiff City side who’ve only got the one point on the board so far, so Xisco Munoz will surely view this game as a potentially winnable one.
Here we look at three Wednesday changes Munoz should consider from the last XI that lost against Preston North End last time out…
Marvin Johnson in for Akin Famewo
Munoz has been deploying centre-back Akin Famewo on the left-side of a back-four this season.
Munoz likes the 24-year-old’s combative nature on the side of defence and whilst he hasn’t played poorly, it seems like Wednesday are missing some creativity in that area of the pitch.
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Last season, Reece James and Marvin Johnson were persistent in putting crosses into the box and whilst either player might be better suited to a back-five, putting either in for Famewo – in whatever formation – should give Wednesday more attacking prowess tomorrow.
Former boss Darren Moore was a huge fan of Johnson’s, labelling him as ‘exceptional’ last season.
Bannan dropping back
Last time out against Preston, Munoz deployed Barry Bannan as a no.10. It didn’t work and whether or not Munoz persists with that tactic again this weekend remains to be seen.
But Bannan is better suited as a deeper-lying playmaker. Whilst he’s got the creativity and passing range to play as a no.10, the Championship is a much more physically-demanding league and someone of Bannan’s stature is better deployed deeper on the pitch.
Windass deployed as a no.10?
Josh Windass hasn’t had an amazing start to the season. But he remains one of Wednesday’s best attacking threats and finding a way to get the best out him remains a task for Munoz this season.
Lee Gregory seems like the preferred choice up top, but should Bannan drop back down into a deeper-lying position tomorrow, then deploying Windass behind Gregory could be a good bet.
Windass has the traits of a striker but also the physicality needed to play in behind a striker, and Munoz then has the option to push Windass further up alongside Gregory during the game as well.