This article is part of Football FanCast’s The Chalkboard series, which provides a tactical insight into teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Sheffield Wednesday returned to winning ways, at last, as they defeated an injury-stricken Charlton Athletic at The Valley in Saturday’s early kickoff.
The Owls had endured a run of five straight matches without victory in the Championship, but that was put to the sword with a thoroughly encouraging performance, which boiled down to the brave move of manager Garry Monk to throw his defensive mantra out the window.
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He opted for a 4-4-2 system with Atdhe Nuhiu and Steven Fletcher leading the line, and it paid great dividends with the pair scoring all three of their goals in the 3-1 win.
There was also an appearance for Fernando Forestieri, so what frontline is Wednesday’s best and most fruitful?
The most tried and tested form of attack has been top scorer Fletcher leading the line on his lonesome, this has returned a total of 11 team goals, meaning the Owls have scored once every 73 minutes with the 32-year-old all by himself.
Only one partnership is worse, but that has a much shorter timespan as Forestieri and Fletcher have only played 149 minutes together, resulting in two goals.
The two players above, combined with Nuhiu, offers up the best goals per minute ratio, but it must be taken into account that this totals the fewest amount of time played together as the team have netted four goals in 113 minutes when the trio have been on the pitch.
Overall, when Fletcher and Nuhiu have both played together, the Owls have scored a goal every 37 minutes, that’s 11 team goals in 408 minutes, making it seem like the most viable partnership when you factor in the time featured and the amount scored for each pairing.
Under Monk, Wednesday have only scored more than two goals on two occasions – on Saturday and in their 4-1 drubbing of Middlesbrough a few months ago.
The recurring theme? Both Fletcher and Nuhiu led the line.
There’s no hiding that these two should be the attacking choice for the duration of this month.
Wednesday are good enough defensively to allow such freedom up the pitch. They rank as the fourth-best defence in the division.
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