It’s so difficult to find anything to be positive about when it comes to Sheffield Wednesday at the moment.
The Owls gave failed to win any of their previous four games, and if we’re being honest with ourselves, things don’t look good for the club or the manager, with Tony Pulis failing to win since being appointed at Hillsborough last month.
This is a far cry from what we’ve grown to expect from Tony Pulis throughout his career, he’s been a top manager at this level for well over a decade, but it seems as though things just aren’t clicking at Wednesday.
Of course, he’s not had a transfer window to build his own squad, and this squad isn’t built to play his style of football, and on top of that, one of the players that would have been perfect under him has been out injured for the entirety of his tenure.
Fortunately, his return could solve a number of problems all at once for Pulis.
Of course, we are talking about Aden Flint.
Flint has been out of action for a month with a hamstring injury, but luckily he’s expected to be back next month, and he could be the player that Pulis’ team has been crying out for.
Nobody needs reminding what a successful Pulis team looks like, it’s a defensively strong, physical side who make the most of set-pieces, and Flint ticks all the boxes.
It’s no coincidence that Pulis signed Flint when he was Middlesbrough manager, claiming that it was ‘good business’ at the time, because the 6 ft 6 goliath suits his style down to a tee.
He’s a solid defender, playing a key part in Cardiff’s run to the playoffs last season, and as embarrassing as this may sound, he may end up being one of Wednesday’s greatest scoring threats, after all, this is a man who once scored 14 goals in a league season for Bristol City.
This is a team that have struggled to score and struggled to keep goals out, and the re-introduction of Flint into the starting XI could help alleviate both of those issues.
Of course, this all depends on him actually staying at the club in January, as Pulis has speculated that he could be recalled by Cardiff, but if he does remain a Wednesday player he could be a real asset, especially under Pulis.