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Sheffield Wednesday will look to continue their quest for promotion this weekend even despite the uncertainty facing them off the pitch.
The Owls travel to league leaders West Bromwich Albion on Saturday afternoon knowing they need to improve hugely if they are to achieve their goals under Garry Monk.
Far too often recently, the side have let vital results slip from their grasp, but that isn’t the only poor trend emerging in south Yorkshire.
This has to be one of the main sources for their struggles in scoring goals – the club have managed just 14 goals in the ten league games under Monk’s stewardship, four of which came in the same match.
The 40-year-old is yet to find his best formation, often toying between one in attack and two up top with Atdhe Nuhiu usually the preferred partner, but not all of the blame can be attributed to the former central defender.
A solution to ending Fletcher’s disappointing drought actually lies elsewhere, out wide.
Adam Reach, Kadeem Harris and loanee Jacob Murphy are the only options Monk can call upon in the wing positions. All three average 0.8 crosses per game, which just isn’t enough considering the 6 foot 1 striker has been a target man throughout his lengthy career.
It speaks volumes when Barry Bannan tops the charts for crossing with an average of 1.9 per game, over one more than each of the team’s wide options. This probably comes down to the fact that he is their set-piece taker.
Fletcher wins on average 6.5 aerial duels per game this season, so play to that strength. It only makes sense.