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Sheffield Wednesday manager Garry Monk needs to be consistent with his team selection if the club are to mount a serious promotion challenge this season, that’s at least according to former Chelsea and FA Cup winner Scott Minto.
The Owls currently sit three points outside of the playoff zone in eighth position after a run of games saw potential points snatched from their grasp.
Last time out, Swansea City hit back in injury time just minutes after Morgan Fox thought he had won it for the south Yorkshiremen, and the week before Monk’s men allowed Blackburn Rovers back in the game with a late flurry to win it.
The 40-year-old was only appointed in September as Steve Bruce’s successor and hasn’t yet been able to make any additions to the side with his arrival being outside the transfer window.
Minto, the presenter of Sky Sports’ Championship coverage, believes he has the solution, he said:
“You look at the players that Sheffield Wednesday have got and they have some excellent players.
“He’s done very to set them up defensive, which is something that isn’t a surprise with Garry Monk.
“I think that the teams that do well are the teams that don’t make many changes, so he’s got to find a formula and a right eleven.
“Sometimes the hardest decision is sticking with the same side when things aren’t going well to let the team develop, but I think Garry Monk’s got the experience to do that.”
Wednesday have used 22 different players this Championship campaign with just one player, Kadeem Harris, starting all 16 matches, per WhoScored.
Although some of this will have been down to caretaker boss Lee Bullen, it does show that the Owls have chopped and changed their starting XI on multiple occasions.
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In recent times, injuries have meant that Monk has had to reshuffle his pack – Barry Bannan was a surprise absence one week, then last time out Julian Borner and Sam Hutchinson were missing.
When and if the Wednesday chief gets a full squad to select from, then he should listen to Minto’s advice as the team needs to develop as a settled core group rather than changing it up each week.
One example is Stoke City who are struggling in 23rd this season, they have used 27 different players already, and it’s only just November.