Sheffield Wednesday have lost all four of their Championship games so far this season, with a penalty win over League Two Stockport County being their only non-defeat.
It’s been a tough start for Xisco Munoz. Almost everyone will agree that he’s been dealt a very tough hand, though, with regards to the situation prior to his arrival, the state of player recruitment at Wednesday, and so on.
But soon enough, fingers may start pointing to Munoz too. He continues to chop and change his side, playing players out of position and what not, with Saturday’s late defeat at Cardiff City further highlighting how much Wednesday are in trouble right now.
But what’s also been highlighted is another, more persistent flaw of Wednesday’s over the past few seasons at least, and that’s an over-reliance on captain Barry Bannan.
Munoz has also been playing him out of position and his recent comments on the player; apparently denied an over-reliance on Bannan, gave no indication as to what Munoz has planned for him, and also suggested that Munoz doesn’t know where to deploy him.
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The fact that the debate remains tells us that there is still a degree of reliance on Bannan, and whilst he remains a player with undoubted talent and quality, having only him performing in the side will see Wednesday relegated straight back to League One.
It’s certainly a sorry state for Sheffield Wednesday right now. The players that got them promoted from League One are yet to really hit the ground running, but who could blame them when their manager is constantly changing systems and playing them in unfamiliar roles.
All of which points to the running of the club, with owner Dejphon Chansiri once again coming under the spotlight as Sheffield Wednesday struggle in the Championship.
It’s certainly going from bad to worse for Wednesday right now.