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Sheffield Wednesday have now played ten matches under the stewardship of Garry Monk as he has them sitting just one point outside of a playoff position in what has been a fiercely competitive Championship season.
The Owls’ defeat at Blackburn Rovers last weekend was just their second league loss with the 40-year-old in charge, and with them facing Swansea City on Saturday, who are four points ahead of them in the table, it will provide a helpful barometer on their promotion hopes.
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Monk has done all of this with a squad that was built by ex-boss Steve Bruce and then caretaker Lee Bullen, so he will only be able to fully implement his ideas after the January transfer window.
And that appears to be the case with Wednesday being linked to Crawley Town striker Bez Lubala this week.
The 21-year-old has netted eight goals in 20 appearances for the League Two club this campaign having made the switch from Championship rivals Birmingham City in the summer, where Monk actually handed him his professional debut in April 2018.
As per this article from Football FanCast, Lubala has been described as having an ability to inject pace and energy into a game, which is something the Owls currently lack in the striking department.
The likes of Atdhe Nuhiu, with his colossal height, and Fernando Forestieri, with his ability to play the number ten role, means the 28-year-old is the most likely victim to make way for any additions in the attack.
Former manager Carlos Carvalhal signed Winnall in January 2017, but it just hasn’t worked out for him in south Yorkshire.
Time is surely running out for the 5 foot 9 forward as January rapidly approaches.