A lot has been made of Garry Monk freezing Keiren Westwood and Sam Hutchinson out at Sheffield Wednesday.
The goalkeeper has shared his side of the story, and his message on Twitter made it seem as though he’s accepted that he isn’t going to be playing for the Owls again.
It’s sad to see a man who has previously won the club’s Player of the Year award treated like this, but you can justify it.
Westwood is 35 years old and he’s not getting any younger, and on top of that there were calls for him to be dropped before Monk left him out.
However, it’s tough to rationalise why Hutchinson has been frozen out, and a look at the stats makes it even more baffling.
The stats make it clear that Hutchinson is up there with the best in the squad.
Now, we’re not saying that he’s the best player at the club who plays in the defence, because he ranks below both Tom Lees and Julian Borner in terms of WhoScored average rating, but he’s the most effective outfielder when it comes to keeping the ball out of the net.
He makes the joint-most tackles and the joint-most interceptions in the team, while also making very few mistakes. He averages the third-highest pass completion rate in the squad, while only two Wednesday players have fewer unsuccessful touches per game.
Hutchinson’s stats show that he would be a great asset to Monk’s side, so why has he chosen to purposefully alienate him?
We don’t know what’s gone on behind the scenes or in the dressing room, but in purely footballing terms it makes no sense for the manager to be leaving Hutchinson out.