Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, former Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Carlton Palmer highlighted a lack of fitness as one of the reasons for why his old side have struggled so much this season.
With Wednesday losing their first two games under new manager Darren Moore, the most recent coming in a 3-0 loss away at Reading, it means they have now seen defeat in all of their last six fixtures heading into their clash against table-toppers Norwich City.
For Moore, there is obviously much to address if the Owls are to avoid relegation at the end of the campaign. And, in the eyes of Palmer, one of those areas is fitness.
Speaking just after Moore’s appointment last week, Palmer exclusively told FFC:
“For me, first and foremost, players have to be fit and they’ve got to have the spirit. So I think Darren’s got to assess that very, very quickly and where their level of fitness is. I mean, I watch them in games when I go back there and their level of fitness, it wasn’t great.”
Proficiency in front of goal will also be a huge concern for Moore. With just 24 goals in 34 league fixtures, Wednesday have the second-worst record when it comes to finding the back of the net in the Championship.
Defensively, their numbers make for much better reading, with the likes of Preston North End, Coventry City and Bristol City having all conceded more, perhaps giving Moore something to be optimistic about.
It now falls down to the former Doncaster Rovers and West Brom manager to strike more of a balance as his side look to beat the drop.