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Sheffield Wednesday have gone through their ups and downs already this season as they sit ninth in the Championship table.
Steve Bruce ditched them for Newcastle United on the eve of pre-season before caretaker boss Lee Bullen steered them to back-to-back victories in their opening two matches.
However, things soon went out the window as they lost three of their next four games – which ultimately led to the appointment of Garry Monk.
The 40-year-old managed to guide the Owls to a total of seven points from a possible nine before losing his first league game in charge on Tuesday evening.
One problem that defeat highlighted was a potential overreliance on Steven Fletcher as they suffered in his absence against Hull City, failing to score in the 1-0 loss.
That’s just an immediate issue and one that could be solved in January – but there’s also a more prominent concern simmering amongst the Wednesday ranks, especially if the hierarchy views Garry Monk as their long-term manager.
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He’s been left with a team that Bruce was constructing before his exit with Bullen then adding to it when temporarily in control.
Whether it was intentional or not, the south Yorkshire club possesses the oldest squad in the division with an average age of 28.2, per Transfermarkt.
Five of their squad are over the age of 30, which includes the likes of Keiren Westwood (34) and Sam Hutchinson (30).
Furthermore, six members of the side are within two years of their 30th birthday, so Wednesday could field an entire XI that’s ageing considerably.
Now this isn’t a short-term concern, but heading into the summer it will be something that Monk will need to figure out, especially if he has a long-term project in mind.
It’s good to have experience and age on your side, but too much of it may leave you worse off as that’s when players tend to enter the twilight of their careers.