It’s fair to say that Sheffield Wednesday’s season hasn’t exactly gone to plan.
Where do you start when attempting to dissect such a car crash campaign? Perhaps the appointment of Garry Monk was where it all started to go wrong, or maybe it was Steven Fletcher’s injury that derailed the Owls’ season.
Unsurprisingly, one thing that has negatively affected the club’s season is their failure in the summer transfer window.
To be fair to the Yorkshire club, the FFP sanctions hanging over their heads affected their ability to spend big, but that still doesn’t excuse how badly they got things wrong.
The Owls heavily relied on the free-agent market, picking up no fewer than five out of contract players, but it’s hard to say that any of them have worked out.
Kadeem Harris has contributed to just six goals all season, Moses Odubajo has only played 15 games, and while Julian Borner’s start to life at Hillsborough saw him receive a lot of praise from the fans, his form as of late has waned, being a part of a defence that has conceded nine goals in his previous four appearances.
While they were focusing all their attention on the free agents, they near-enough completely neglected the loan market with Jacob Murphy being the only first-teamer acquired on such a deal in the summer.
The Owls should know better than any other team the value of bringing in quality loanees from the Premier League as they’ve done it so successfully in the past. Michael Hector was their Player of the Season last year, while Josh Onomah was often a starter when injuries weren’t plaguing him.
Wednesday did get involved with the loan market in January, but by that point, most of the talent available had already been picked up in the summer, leaving Wednesday feeding off scraps. They landed the likes of Connor Wickham and Alessio Da Cruz, two players who have had very little impact thus far, contributing to zero goals between them.
Fingers crossed the Yorkshire club don’t repeat the same mistake next season and go back to what worked so well in 2018.
In other news, Chansiri simply has to go over Monk’s head on this issue.