The Owls swept the young team aside with relative ease as they picked up their first win in the group stage of the competition. Liam Palmer, Sylla Sow and Marvin Johnson scored the goals for Darren Moore’s side, whilst Joe Wildsmith was able to come away with a clean sheet after the game.
There were plenty of positives to take from such a spirit-lifting win, but there was one player who failed to show the best of his talents – Theo Corbeanu.
The winger, on loan from Wolves, was handed an opportunity by Moore to start on the right-wing and show that he is capable of being a regular starter this season. Instead, he struggled to catch the eye and may have come away from the game feeling that he could have done more on the pitch.
As per SofaScore, Corbeanu lost the ball 23 times from just 59 touches. This means that he was lost possession once every 2.5 touches of the ball, showing that he was unable to sustain attacks.
He was unsuccessful with six of his nine attempted dribbles, failed with six of his seven crossing attempts and had four shots without scoring. This is somewhat promising in the sense that he was active in the game, trying to get involved in the final third, but the quality of his actions was far from good enough.
Defensively against Newcastle, he lost eight of his ground duels on the pitch, winning the other eight. Along with that, he made zero interceptions, zero clearances and zero blocks, whilst only making two tackles to help out his full-back on the night. This shows that he was average, at best, in his duels and disappointing with his defensive work rate to ease the load on Liam Palmer.
Therefore, Corbeanu let Moore down with his performance against the Magpies. He did not have the desired impact in the attacking areas and was average-to-poor defensively. This display seems unlikely to convince the manager that he is deserving of a chance to start in League One, which means that he may now need to bide his time and prove his quality in substitute cameos.