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Sheffield Wednesday are finally back in league action on Friday evening as they face a trip to the Welsh capital to face Cardiff City.
Just before the international break, the Owls defeated Wigan Athletic 1-0 at Hillsborough to hand Garry Monk a more than satisfactory start to life as their new manager.
He has guided them to ten points from a possible 15 since being appointed early last month, and they now sit on the cusp of playoff contention in eighth place.
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Perhaps the 40-year-old’s job so far has actually been impressive considering he inherited the whole squad from his predecessors Steve Bruce and caretaker boss Lee Bullen.
Monk will soon be able to start bringing in players of his own as January is on the horizon, but where should he look to improve?
And we’ve also stated how Monk has begun improving the squad starting with the defence, but it is indeed here that he should look to strengthen first in January.
Experimental361’s Expected Goals Table for the Championship has the Owls sitting pretty in fifth spot, though, they should have conceded more goals along the way.
While on the right, Moses Odubajo has underperformed considerably – therefore Monk should call upon Iorfa or even Liam Palmer to sort out that issue, which would leave a potential knock-on effect on the left side of the back four.
Technically, Morgan Fox is the only genuine left-back in the squad.
When the 26-year-old has been given a chance, he’s failed to inspire or prove why he should be starting as he rates out as one of the worst amongst the Wednesday squad at 6.52.
If Monk were to swap Palmer back over to the right side, it would likely leave behind a gaping hole, and if Fox can’t be trusted, it would make sense to strengthen that position during the January transfer window.
It will only help shore up their defence even more ahead of a potential playoff run.