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Sheffield Wednesday’s Adam Reach must remain central

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This article is part of Football FanCast’s The Chalkboard series, which provides a tactical insight into teams, players, managers, potential signings and more… 

There’s a number of things that Sheffield Wednesday will have to be patient with as Garry Monk looks to find his best XI at the earliest opportunity.

It won’t be aided by the fact that captain Tom Lees faces time on the sideline through injury. However, we got a glimpse of how the 40-year-old plans to set up his side last weekend as he got off to winning ways with a 2-0 win at local rivals Huddersfield Town.

Monk’s adaptability to working with the cards he’s been dealt with was probably one key factor in his appointment, and he will have to prove that as the season rumbles on.

One big dilemma he faces is where he should play Adam Reach – he’s a winger that can also play the number ten role as well as left-back.

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The 26-year-old started his first game under Monk playing behind the striker in attacking midfield and he put in his best performance of the season, scoring a rating of 7.35 and having four attempts at goal, per WhoScored.

Though, the new Owls boss revealed after the game that Reach will “primarily be a wide player” because that is where he is “most effective.”

But that doesn’t appear to be the case meaning he should probably remain central if Monk wants to get the best out of him.

In the last three seasons he has only averaged one cross or less per game as a Wednesday player in the Championship – that’s one key attribute you want your winger to have, and it appears that Reach falls short.

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His best year for assists was in 2017/18, recording 11 in 46 appearances where he also averaged 2.3 long balls per game as well as 1.6 key passes.

These are the sort of figures you would associate with a number ten playmaker rather than a winger.

His best performance in this current campaign came in a central role, so why change it? Monk would be rather foolish if he didn’t retract his comments.

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