Sheffield Wednesday’s predicted starting XI if Tony Pulis is appointed

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The Sun are reporting that Sheffield Wednesday could chase Tony Pulis as their new manager if results do not improve under Lee Bullen.

The Owls are 11th in the table but have lost three of their last four matches in the Championship which has meant the caretaker boss has come under fire, even despite being privately backed if reports are to be believed.

Earlier in the summer when Steve Bruce left for Newcastle United, the hierarchy at Hillsborough pursued Pulis as his replacement, but a deal couldn’t be reached.

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It is believed that the 61-year-old wasn’t interested in managing the club, but after further time out of the game, he could be swayed.

We’re going to take a look at how Wednesday could line up under Pulis if he arrived in Yorkshire any time soon:

The Welshman’s preferred formation is a 4-2-3-1 but with a defensive twist.

At Middlesborough last season, Pulis mainly used this formation, but towards the back end of the campaign, it reverted to a regular three at the back formation, which isn’t out of the realms of possibility here – but for now, we’ll go with what has historically been preferred.

Keiren Westwood would only keep his place despite averaging one of the worst ratings in the squad at 6.07, as the Owls’ backups aren’t really suitable for Championship football.

In front of him, the defence is likely to remain much the same with that looking like a much stronger area of the pitch for Wednesday currently – both Julian Borner and Tom Lees have ratings over 7.0 at centre-back whilst there isn’t much competition for places on either side.

The defensive twist lies with the two central midfielders, who would sit deeper, which may suit Sam Hutchinson having also played centre-back.

Kadeem Harris and Jacob Murphy add pace out wide and have been Wednesday’s best options on the flanks whilst Fernando Forestieri could sit behind Steven Fletcher in attack to add some flair in the number ten role – something they are currently lacking.

The Italian is the second-most fouled player on the team, so he should be able to garner some set-pieces, which would only suit Pulis’ notoriously negative brand of football.

The Yorkshire club have the players to deploy a 3-5-2 if need be too.

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