Big games require men for the big occasion and in Josh Windass, Sheffield Wednesday have a player who could be set to star. The Owls face Barnsley in the League One play-off final on Monday afternoon, with a place in the Championship at stake.
Much like his dad in 2008, Windass will be hoping to take Wembley by storm. He stands 90 minutes away from the second tier of English football and the Owls fans will hope this is his time.
Windass isn’t backwards in coming forwards. He’s a player who oozes confidence and he will be hoping to put the seal on an impressive 2022/23 campaign on Monday afternoon.
The 29-year-old signed for Wednesday in 2020. He departed Wigan Athletic to pen terms at Hillsborough and ever since he’s become a mainstay in the Owls team and a favourite among the fan base.
This season has certainly been a successful one for Windass. He’s scored 15 goals and registered an impressive seven assists, with Darren Moore’s team now one win away from glory.
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In January, Wednesday stunned Newcastle in the FA Cup and sent them packing in the third round. Windass was the man who stepped up on that occasion, scoring twice against the Magpies.
Now, it could be his time once again. Windass knows all about the big occasions having played for Rangers in Old Firm clashes but Monday’s game might just be the biggest of his career.
Windass could star for Wednesday on Monday
The versatile forward didn’t play during the 4-2 defeat to Monday’s opponents back in March. The Owls missed him dearly and on that occasion they were beaten by their South Yorkshire-based rivals.
Monday is different though. It’s a one-off game between two of the best sides in League One and the incentive for the winner is clear…Championship football on the cards and some mouthwatering clashes in the offing.
Windass is a quality player. He’s enjoyed a good season but he won’t take any satisfaction from anything just yet, with promotion the clear remit at the start of the 2022/23 campaign.
It just feels like it might be his time. Wednesday, of course, have other match-winners in their team, with Lee Gregory, Michael Smith and Callum Paterson all vying for hero status on Monday.
Windass will hope to emulate his dad on Monday. That in itself makes him Wednesday’s danger man and this just feels like the time when the experienced performer comes of age for the Owls.