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Sheffield Wednesday will be looking to bounce back from only their second defeat under Garry Monk later this afternoon as they host Swansea City at Hillsborough.
The Owls were defeated by Blackburn Rovers last weekend as the home side mounted a late charge to come from behind to clinch all three points.
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Tony Mowbray’s men scored twice in the final three minutes to peg back what appeared to be a late winner from Wednesday seven minutes from time.
It was substitute Jacob Murphy who scored that goal, and surprisingly, it is about time he is given an opportunity to start for the first time since Monk’s opening game in charge.
Adam Reach has been preferred out wide in each match since then, but his latest showing was far from inspiring, so it is time to drop him in favour of the Newcastle United loanee.
Murphy was on the pitch for less than half the time Reach was, and he managed just seven fewer touches, which suggests that the 6 foot 1 winger failed to make much of an impact in the game.
He also recorded the same number of key passes and fewer turnovers in play, per WhoScored.
The 24-year-old is the more out-and-out right-sided player too, as in five appearances playing in the role this campaign, Murphy has managed an average of three successful dribbles and 2.4 shots per game.
Reach on the other hand has played over half his career on the left-wing, per Transfermarkt’s recorded matches (170 of 324 to be precise) – but that’s a position currently occupied by Kadeem Harris amongst the Wednesday ranks.
Fans were left fuming with the 26-year-old’s performance against Blackburn, so it could well be a wise move for Monk to win back a few fans by letting Murphy continue on from his goalscoring exploits last time out.