Sheffield Wednesday are still looking for their first win under Tony Pulis.
At the weekend, the Owls suffered their fourth defeat in seven matches under the 62-year-old stalwart and things aren’t looking any easier as they head to Nottingham Forest later this evening.
This is usually an encounter that sees both sides in and around the playoffs, though this year, it’s the rock-bottom Yorkshiremen versus fourth-from-bottom Reds.
Pulis really ought to do himself some favours by dropping some of his underperforming stars, none more so than Josh Windass, who has struggled to make much – if any – of an impact in front of goal.
It is true that the former Rangers and Wigan Athletic star is currently the Owls’ top goalscorer on three goals, but he’s managing to find the net just once every five games.
That’s hugely disappointing for someone trusted to lead the line week in, week out.
The 26-year-old is also only averaging 1.9 shots, 0.7 key passes and 0.4 dribbles per game, via WhoScored.
You could even argue that he’s doing a fine job considering he’s not an out-and-out striker having played the bulk of his career (43% of 241 appearances) as an attacking midfielder.
Pulis can wield his axe on the forward in favour of handing the reins to either Callum Paterson or Jordan Rhodes with Jack Marriott still on the treatment table.
Once lauded a “constant threat” and a “real menace” by his former Accrington boss John Coleman, Windass was signed by Garry Monk after a short loan spell earlier in the year, so Pulis could be forgiven for wanting to try out alternatives in this evening’s crunch match.
A win really would bolster the Owls’ in their dogfight to stay up and making a big call on the versatile midfielder could prove to be the difference.