Sheffield Wednesday’s poor league form continued on Saturday afternoon as the Owls fought out a 0-0 stalemate at Hillsborough.
Neither team overly tested the opposition goalkeeper as there was only a total of four shots on target throughout the entire tie, but with the 40-year-old bolstering his squad with a pair of Deadline Day additions, positive times could be ahead.
However, that may not be the case for Owls central midfielder Joey Pelupessy, who has been hammered on social media for his performance, putting doubt on his future in south Yorkshire as his contract expires this summer.
Here’s what the fans have been saying…
Pelupessy a decent specimen? That sent shivers down my spine. No its not just about physical. But it does help not beeing a dwarf when trying to get second balls or headers.Watching joey pretend to head the ball today was comical. If we play this many longballs we need to pick 2s
— Sergej Odström (@SergejOdstrom) February 2, 2020
Yep. Pelupessy is out of his depth. Bannan woeful. Play Harris up front, or Forestieri, or the new kid. Anyone .Just not one!
— Mark Barlow (@Owlman2011) February 1, 2020
A wet cardboard box would do better than Pelupessy.
— dannyboy halpin (@dannyboyhalpin) February 2, 2020
Can’t wait to never see Pelupessy play again.
What a waste of a shirt that lad is.
— Grant Roberts (@GrantR_1867) February 1, 2020
Pelupessy is a league 1 player. Perhaps we should pick the best 18 and manage them #monkout
— J (@the_geeker) February 1, 2020
The general consensus on the 26-year-old was negative with an array of strong phrases being used to describe his performance, including “waste of a shirt,” “league one player,” and “out of his depth.”
Pelupessy has started back-to-back league matches now, leading to one fan also criticising Monk for making such a decision by suggesting that he has lost the plot.
Yet pelupessy plays. Monk has lost the plot officially…
— FreakofNature (@mphoenix1603) February 1, 2020
The Dutchman has been in the squad above the long-serving Sam Hutchinson, which has caused many question marks over who is the better option in midfield.
Pelupessy is just a headless chicken! Hutch unfortunately injury prone and takes far too many daft yellow cards now! Need to acquire a decent ball winner in the summer and let these 2 go!
— Dave Cheetham (@udogcheets) February 2, 2020
Nope! He’s nowhere near Hutchinsons ability and that’s not me saying I want Hutchinson in the team, both not what we need! Pelupessy is way out of his depth.
— Luke Allison-Parr (@Partyparry83) February 1, 2020
Sum1 tell me last time Sam Hutchinson had a 1st class performance. I’ll wait
— Betty Swallocks (@NikkieHiggs) February 1, 2020
A couple were on Pelupessy’s side as one member of the Hillsborough faithful questioned when Hutchinson last had a decent game while another brandished him as “injury prone.”
However, a further supporter said Pelupessy was nowhere near the 30-year-old’s ability and that he was way out of his depth.
Others added weight to this argument by looking at other members of the squad – one would rather Alex Hunt play instead, while a list of players were named who also have had far too many chances to prove their worth.
Rather put the kid Hunt in than Pelupessy. Horrendous footballer.
— MGMarra (@MG_Marra) February 1, 2020
Reach has had far too many chances, so has lees , nuhiu, Rhodes, Palmer and winnall, they all need pushing to last resorts.
— Dean Missere (@DeanMissere) February 1, 2020
And finally, some fans referenced ex-manager Jos Luhukay’s previous decisions to drop Hutchinson for Pelupessy when he was in charge, suggesting that there was a recurring theme that has been unearthed by Monk.
Coincidence the two players Luhukay was criticised for dropping have now been dropped again under Monk..
— Chris (@chrisfox198) February 1, 2020
Makes you think back to when Luhukay dropped him and Westwood whether they really were trouble.
— Ted Fowler (@TedFowl14471986) February 2, 2020
The Owls have a chance to shake things up against Barnsley next weekend as both striker Connor Wickham and attacking midfielder Josh Windass will be available for selection having joined on the last day of the transfer window.
While in other news, here’s what Palace fans have had to say about Wednesday’s new addition…