Sheffield Wednesday bounced back in the Championship with a stunning result in the Yorkshire derby on Saturday afternoon.
The Owls had lost three successive league games until the trip to Elland Road with them managing to clinch all three points thanks to a late flurry of goals in their favour.
Jacob Murphy and Atdhe Nuhiu both bagged in the final seven minutes, injury time included, to down the then league leaders Leeds United.
Despite the victory, manager Garry Monk will know exactly what he must do during the transfer window to bolster their chances of making the playoffs this term.
The 40-year-old boss handed a rare chance to Sam Winnall, who started just his fourth league game of the season while Jordan Rhodes and Atdhe Nuhiu had to settle for the substitutes bench.
Wednesday were without the services of top goalscorer Steven Fletcher after the 32-year-old picked up a nasty knee injury, and he won’t be due back in action for at least eight to ten weeks, leaving Monk with a vast predicament.
The Owls might have passed their first test without him, but it doesn’t mean they shouldn’t make an addition in the role this month. In fact, not doing so could be detrimental to their season.
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Monk has already tried Rhodes in the role, and aside from a hat-trick, he’s done very little while neither Nuhiu or Winnall could buy a start above Fletcher until now.
Per SofaScore, Winnall struggled in his 69 minutes of action, failing to register a shot on target as well as conceding three fouls and only managing 19 touches of the ball.
That’s hardly inspiring in what will probably be his last throw of the dice.
In the past week or so, Wednesday have been heavily linked with former loan striker Connor Wickham, and a return to Hillsborough has been deemed ‘most likely.’
Sheff Wed. Connor Wickham emerging as the striker target at top of list and most likely. Loan. Palace may well play ball.
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) January 9, 2020
He’ll clearly be needed in the absence of Fletcher, even with his injury history, Monk needs his own options up top with the rest of the attacking department contributing just seven goals compared to the veteran’s 12, via WhoScored.
A striker is a desperate need this month, that was even the case before Fletcher’s injury.
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