Following on from their 2-1 defeat against Oxford Town at the weekend in their latest League One match that saw an injury-time winner snatch the points away from the Yorkshire club, Sheffield Wednesday now turn their attention to the Papa John’s Trophy for a clash against League Two club Mansfield Town.
For the match, we expect Owls manager Darren Moore to make some changes to the team that started against Oxford.
One player that started against Oxford that we feel should be dropped from the team in midweek is Owls defender Dominic Iorfa.
The defender failed to make any tackles or block any shots at the weekend in what was a far from productive outing.
Furthermore, he was poor with the ball at his feet, only completing 18 out of the 36 passes he attempted and lost possession on 19 occasions, ultimately earning himself a rather underwhelming overall match rating of 6.4/10. That made him Wednesday’s joint-lowest rated outfield player on the day according to SofaScore alongside Dennis Adeniran.
Consequently, we feel it could be beneficial if Iorfa were to sit out the game against Mansfield.
Wednesday signed Iorfa back in the 2019 January transfer window from Premier League club Wolves for an undisclosed fee.
Since then, the 26-year-old, who is currently valued at £1.35m according to Transfermarkt and described as “unbelievable” by teammate Barry Bannan, has made 81 appearances for Wednesday across all competitions in which he has managed to score five goals and provide three assists along the way.
Back in August, the defender put pen to paper on a new deal that will now see him stay at the club until 2023.
So far this season, Iorfa has played 90 minutes in all of Wednesday’s league games and played 68 minutes in their previous Papa John’s Trophy match against Newcastle United’s U23 side. Yet, after his shoddy performance, it’s perhaps time for a night off.
Looking ahead to the match against Mansfield, a team who have struggled in their League Two campaign so far this season having won just two of their opening 10 league games, we feel that due to Iorfa’s disappointing display against Oxford, Moore should consider keeping the defender out of the firing line.
That would give the manager a chance to rest him so he’s fully ready for Wednesday’s next league outing against Bolton Wanderers at the weekend. After all, the centre-back is still key to their promotion hopes this term.