Sheffield Wednesday boss Garry Monk set for January boost

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According to journalist Alan Nixon of The Sun, Sheffield Wednesday boss Garry Monk is set to dip his toes into the January market for three players with financial restrictions no longer looming.

Considering he inherited this squad in September, the 40-year-old will finally be able to stamp his mark at the south Yorkshire club.

What’s the word?

One eager Owls supporter posed a question to Nixon on Twitter in regards to their potential January activity, and the journalist replied by saying:

Wednesday have enjoyed the start to life with Monk at the helm, losing just one game and picking up 15 points from a possible 24, which sees them currently occupy a playoff position.

The former Swansea City man has had to implement his ideas on a squad that was primarily constructed by ex-boss Steve Bruce and then caretaker Lee Bullen.

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He’s flipped between a 4-4-2, a 4-3-3 and a 4-2-3-1 system in those eight matches, but you’d imagine he would love to firmly select a settled formation – January additions will allow him to do that.

Areas to improve

One position of need could be upfront despite having numbers at his disposal. It’s no secret that the Owls have relied on Steven Fletcher for goals, he is their top goalscorer with five this season, but aside from that, only Sam Winnall and Atdhe Nuhiu have scored in the striking department.

Jordan Rhodes can’t get a look in having been named in the matchday squad just once while Fernando Forestieri has only just returned from suspension.

If Monk wants to play two in the attack, then he’ll need to find a new partner for the 32-year-old.

What position does Monk need to improve in Jan?

Striker - too reliant on Fletch!

Striker - too reliant on Fletch!

Winger - we lack options!

Winger - we lack options!

Midfield - weak backups!

Midfield - weak backups!

Full-back - not Champ level!

Full-back - not Champ level!

Another area that’s actually lacking some depth is out wide as there are only three senior wingers at the club, and one of those is on loan.

Jacob Murphy hasn’t featured in successive matches under Monk and has played just 143 minutes since he took over, per Transfermarkt, so the majority of the burden has been on Adam Reach and Kadeem Harris’ shoulders.

They can’t carry all of the weight on the flanks, and if one gets injured, then they’ll look rather light in that position.

Without any Financial Fair Play issues hanging over their head now, owner Dejphon Chansiri is able to back Monk financially.

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