Sheffield Wednesday got their campaign rolling with their first win of the season against Doncaster on Saturday in League One.
They were able to get their first three points and goals with a 2-0 win over Darren Moore’s former side, with Barry Bannan and Dennis Adiniran getting themselves on the scoresheet.
However, there was a negative aspect to take away from the match that needs to be addressed. Andre Green was given a starting berth out on the right-wing despite a lacklustre showing against the Addicks and he failed to make the most of his second chance.
“Looked off the pace yet again on the right flank. Coughed up possession cheaply at times as Charlton easily stifled his attacking threat. Is he fully fit after his injury in pre-season or is it a confidence issue?”
Despite this display, Owls boss Moore offered him the opportunity to put things right against Doncaster and show that he has what it takes to start for the club in League One. Unfortunately, he was unable to do that as he struggled again.
For context, Owls goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell had 41 touches in the game. This, along with his failure to create a single chance, shows that he was not able to impose himself on the match by making an impact in the final third.
Green also lost 77% of his duels on the pitch – winning three of the 13 he was involved in. The forward lost seven of his 10 ground duels and all three of his aerial battles, suggesting that he does not have the physicality required to compete at this level.
Given that he is also faltering with the ball at his feet in the final third, it could be time for Moore to axe him from the team and put him on the bench for a few matches.
He betrayed the ex-Baggies coach’s trust with another poor display and it seems unlikely that he would tolerate much more from the winger if he continues to struggle on the pitch.