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Sheffield Wednesday’s senior side haven’t been in action for the best part of two weeks now, but some may have taken in Saturday afternoon’s U23 clash against Wigan Athletic at Hillsborough as some of the first team featured.
Young midfielder Liam Shaw’s second-half strike was enough to share the spoils as the likes of Fernando Forestieri, Moses Odubajo, and Cameron Dawson all started.
While skipper Tom Lees continued his comeback from injury and there was even a place for on loan centre-back David Bates, who is yet to line up in the blue and white stripes in a competitive fixture.
However, there was surprisingly no room for either Jordan Rhodes or Sam Winnall, which is a decision that may hint towards manager Garry Monk’s intentions in the near future.
January is fast approaching after all.
Wednesday’s club-record man has played just 67 minutes of football in the Championship this season while the former Barnsley striker hasn’t managed that much more with 140 minutes, having not even featured for six straight games now.
The pair must surely be heading for the exit door during the winter transfer window as this game would have presented a perfect opportunity to prove their worth to Monk, or at the very least give them some confidence in case they ever need to be called upon.
Atdhe Nuhiu and Forestieri are clearly ahead of them in the pecking order now as they have played at least some part in the last four league matches, so it’s going to be hard for them to break that trend without playing.
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This could suggest that the 40-year-old chief has already made his decision.
Both players have been at the club since 2017, but have only played together on 13 occasions, contributing to zero goals.
Winnall and Rhodes’ journey in south Yorkshire has surely reached the end of the line now