Sheffield Wednesday were very active during the January transfer window, bringing in four new players to bolster Garry Monk’s Owls armoury.
Three of which are expected to have an instant impact in the first-team – Crystal Palace striker Connor Wickham, Wigan Athletic midfielder Josh Windass and Parma forward Alessio Da Cruz.
Meanwhile, the Owls were rather fortunate to keep hold of Dominic Iorfa as he seemingly went under the radar this transfer window, perhaps a travesty given his level of performance over the course of the season so far.
The 6 foot 4 colossus has been a domineering presence in the heart of Monk’s defence, as seen by his numbers below.
🏴 Dominic Iorfa (CH: 19/20):
⚽️ 1 Goal
⚡️ 17 Completed Dribbles
⬆️ 81 Aerials Won
🛡 51 Tackles
✂️ 28 Interceptions
🔎 26 Fouls Won
©️ 107 Clearances
⛔️ 43 Blocks@DominicIorfa has been solid at the back for @swfc 💪🏼#SWFC #WAWAW pic.twitter.com/ndCDDliSxu
— Between the Lines (@Between_TL) February 3, 2020
Iorfa has been a commanding and regular figure amongst the Owls’ backline, playing both central defence and at right-back when called upon – a stark contrast to the start of the season where he struggled to break into the starting XI under caretaker Lee Bullen – missing four of their first five league outings.
His total of 51 tackles this term is second-best in the Owls squad whilst his 107 clearances ranks top along with his 43 blocks, via WhoScored.
The £1.35m-rated defender was signed by ex-boss Steve Bruce on deadline day in January 2019 for an undisclosed fee from Wolves, so I guess fans have him to thank in part for his powerhouse displays this season.
The very fact that he is still part of the Owls squad is quite possibly their best piece of transfer business this season, so everyone in south Yorkshire should be glad that his form isn’t getting the credit it truly deserves.
Wednesday have the joint-fifth best defence in the Championship, and Iorfa has clearly played an instrumental role towards that.
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