New Sheffield Wednesday boss Darren Moore could face an instant setback this evening as his Owls side host relegation rivals Rotherham United at Hillsborough.
The 46-year-old will take charge of his first match since being appointed on Monday morning, replacing interim coach Neil Thompson, and he may do so without a player who will undoubtedly excite him.
In the build-up to their defeat to Luton Town at the weekend, Thompson revealed that Andre Green had suffered a problem, having returned to training after an Achilles injury.
He told reporters:
“He (Green) had a scan on his Achilles and will get that assessed next week.”
The 22-year-old winger did not even make the bench at Kenilworth Road, so the issue must’ve been severe enough for the temporary boss to not have risked him despite a run of three straight defeats before kickoff.
According to YorkshireLive, it would be once again assessed this week with another scan but given he was not involved last time out, it would be a surprise to see him come straight back in, especially as an Achilles problem can take as long as six weeks to heal – Green is currently one week shy of that.
If Green does miss tonight’s crunch match – it really is a six-pointer – then it should leave Moore gutted as the young dynamo is exactly the sort of player that should thrive under the tutelage of the former West Brom academy coach.
His attacking and aggressive brand of football should suit a tricky and pacey winger like Green right down to the ground.
As outlined by the Yorkshire Evening Post’s Leon Wobschall, “the appointment of Moore at Sheffield Wednesday is very good news for Andre Green. Moore knows the Midlands football scene very well and if anyone can get Green going again, it’s him.”
Green disappointed in a loan spell at Championship rivals Preston last term, scoring just once in six appearances, but soon found his feet under Lee Bowyer at Charlton Athletic, where he contributed towards three goals in 14 appearances, via Transfermarkt.
His performances drew praise from former teammate Lyle Taylor, who dubbed him a “real handful” during his time at The Valley.
One of the biggest issues facing Moore is turning around the Owls’ fortunes in front of goal – they only average 8.7 shots per game, which is appalling compared to the club he’s just left as Doncaster have managed 12.9 shots per outing.
Only two Wednesday players have surpassed a total of three goals for the season, and only one winger (Adam Reach) has managed to score all season, which is why a fit and firing Green is needed, particularly with the change in management.
In his one Owls appearance, the former Villa gem recorded two dribbles, which instantly puts him top of the tree for such a statistic and only goes to show the sort of threat he can offer as he’s capable of beating his man more than Reach (0.6) and Kadeem Harris (1.7).
It would certainly be a blow to Moore, the longer Green is on the treatment table.
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