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Sheffield Wednesday are back in playoff contention after picking up back-to-back victories for the first time under the stewardship of Garry Monk this season.
A resounding 3-1 win at Charlton Athletic was followed up with a resolute come-from-behind victory against Brentford last weekend.
How much this all means remains to be seen with the club continuing to face adversity off the pitch – owner Dejphon Chansiri is facing a ban from football entirely while the Owls could be slapped with a 21-point deduction as a result of their EFL charge.
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Wednesday would quickly sink to the bottom of the league if that were to happen today.
Meanwhile, on the field, Monk is trying to make his mark on a side that was primarily assembled by ex-manager Steve Bruce and then caretaker Lee Bullen.
Sam Winnall hasn’t been seen for ten straight games now with Jordan Rhodes even getting a valuable runout against the Bees on Saturday afternoon.
One player destined to follow suit has to be midfielder Joey Pelupessy, who has featured in just four league games all season with Monk only choosing to select him in the absence to key players such as Sam Hutchinson, Barry Bannan and Massimo Luongo.
The 26-year-old was Jos Luhukay’s first-ever signing at Hillsborough in January 2018 – since signing from Dutch outfit Heracles Almelo, Pelupessy has gone on to feature 60 times for the club.
January is soon on the horizon and given the issues with the EFL hold off for the meantime, you’d expect Monk to make some signings of his own while potentially trying to offload the players he doesn’t fancy.
Pelupessy is surely one of those most at risk, but we’ll have to wait and see if his role is reprised at all over the remaining matches this month, although, his contract is up in the summer and fans have often blasted his performances.
In other news, Monk’s recent tactical decision paid serious dividends…