Darren Moore’s Sheffield Wednesday have had an excellent start to the 2021/22 campaign following their relegation from the Championship.
They have racked up 10 points from their first five matches in League One and have seemingly shaken off the anchors weighing them down last season.
The Owls were held to a 0-0 draw by Charlton on the opening day before beating Doncaster, Fleetwood and Rotherham without conceding a goal. However, they ended the month on a sour note as they lost 1-0 to Morecambe in League One.
Despite their superb form so far, there are areas in which they can improve and players who did not perform at their best in August. One man in particular who let Moore down with his displays last month was centre-forward Florian Kamberi.
The Albanian featured in all five of Wednesday’s League One matches, scoring once in the 2-0 win over Rotherham. Despite that goal, the attacker was disappointing throughout the month overall with his general play.
As per SofaScore, he had six shots and missed one big chance to go along with his one league goal, suggesting that he should have scored more than he did. He also failed to create a single chance for his teammates in his five appearances, completing just 8.8 passes per game on average. This ties in with his dreadful attempts to dribble past opponents, as he was tackled in 75% of his efforts to take on and beat defenders.
In terms of his play off the ball, Kamberi struggled to compete. As per SofaScore, the 26-year-old lost 64% of his duels on the pitch, including 90% of his aerial battles. This suggests that he has not shown enough physicality to win duels against his opponents, who have been able to oust him the majority of the time in 50-50s.
Kamberi also lost the ball 34 times (6.8 per game) in 235 minutes of action in League One. This shows that he has not been secure enough in possession to hold on to the ball, along with his lack of strength in duels, his absence of creativity and his mixed luck in front of goal. He has let Moore down with his displays in August and will hopefully head into September with a point to prove to his manager.