It’s hard to suggest that this will be a season to remember for any Sheffield Wednesday’s players, but in recent weeks, we’ve seen a dramatic improvement by some players.
Indeed, the likes of Josh Windass, Jordan Rhodes and even Adam Reach look reborn, and while they were busy making headlines at the weekend with their goals and assists, there was another man on the scoresheet who deserves a lot of credit for his recent showings.
Indeed, Julian Borner has returned to form at a crucial time for the Owls.
We all know the quality Borner possesses, he showed it time and again under Garry Monk last term, but this season, as with many players, we’ve seen a drop off in form.
However, in recent weeks the German has finally looked back to his best.
His red card against Reading seems to have ignited something of a flame inside of him, and since that moment, he hasn’t looked back.
Indeed, since then he’s averaged a WhoScored rating of 7.25, which is way up on his season average of 6.85, and he’s played a part in two wins, conceding just three goals in the process.
A lot has been made of Rhodes’ heroics up the attacking end, but Borner has been an absolute warrior down in the defence.
Against Barnsley, it was Rhodes’ brace that made headlines, but let’s not forget that it was Borner’s 10 aerial duels won and 20 clearances that helped the Owls survive a late surge of pressure from the Tykes, and if it weren’t for a questionable offside decision against Watford, we’d be talking about back to back clean-sheets for the Owls.
Players like Rhodes are rightly getting credit for Wednesday’s upturn in form, but Borner deserves the world of credit for his performances as well.