Sheffield Wednesday striker Michael Smith has lifted the lid on a conversation that he’s had with Xisco Munoz. The Owls talisman was linked with a move away from Hillsborough earlier in the summer.
Smith was the leading goalscorer for Wednesday last season as they won promotion through the play-offs. He scored 20 goals in his maiden campaign at Hillsborough but doubts were cast over his future.
Munoz came in and signed Ashley Fletcher having worked with the player during his time at Watford. For the opening match of the season, Smith was an unused substitute and he was left out of the squad altogether against Stockport in the Carabao Cup.
Since then, however, he’s started two and come off the bench in the other two Championship matches. He actually scored his first goal of the campaign during a 4-2 defeat to Hull City.
Now, Smith has been discussing the season so far. He’s delivered some intriguing comments on the chat he had with Munoz and what he hopes to achieve during this campaign.
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He told The Star: “I had an honest conversation early on in the window and he (Xisco) said he wanted me here and saw me in his plans.
“That shut down anything, especially in my head, to suggest I’d be moving on.
“I was desperate to stay here, getting promoted with the club I was desperate to give the Championship another crack and do it with Wednesday.”
Smith opens up on chat with Wednesday boss Munoz
It’s definitely ideal that Smith is staying around the place. One thing he does know how to do is score goals and Wednesday definitely need more of those as they look to claim a first win of the season.
The Owls face Ipswich Town on Saturday at home and they simply have to collect all three points. The Tractor Boys will hope to continue their decent start to the season but Wednesday will see this as a winnable game.
Smith will hope to impress Munoz sufficiently enough in training to earn a start this weekend. If he does, he will hope to start firing Wednesday up the Championship table in the coming weeks.