On deadline day, Crystal Palace allowed Connor Wickham to join Sheffield Wednesday on loan until the end of the campaign.
It would be a move that allowed the former Ipswich striker to get some much needed game time under his belt, having previously failed to make a Premier League start for the Eagles this term – he appeared just six times from the bench in England’s top-flight.
However, Garry Monk handed him his first league start of the season when the Owls travelled to Barnsley on Saturday, and Wickham impressed despite being particularly rusty in one specific department.
The 26-year-old used his physicality well against Barnsley, proving to be a thorn in their side for Sheffield Wednesday’s opener – he did well to keep the ball under pressure while on the ground, before it eventually rolled through for Josh Windass to score the opener.
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Wickham also won eight aerial duels on Saturday – more than any of his teammates could manage – while he embarked on a respectable three dribbles and drew one foul from Barnsley.
The former Sunderland man also had one shot – which was off target – before being withdrawn in the 80th minute.
Considering that this was his first league start of the campaign – and we’re in February – Wickham did well, although he was alarmingly rusty in one specific area.
The Sheffield Wednesday No.19 could only register a pass success rate of 13.6% from his 22 passes, which, in all honesty, is pretty terrible.
However, his rustiness can be excused given the circumstances, although you would presume that Monk will be hoping to see an improvement in this department in the next few games.
Luckily for Wickham, he doesn’t have long to wait until he can make amends for his poor pass success rate as the Owls face Luton on Wednesday, before battling Reading on Saturday.
In other news, this long-term Crystal Palace target showcased his clinical nature on Saturday…