Sheffield Wednesday are back in League One action tonight with an away clash against Portsmouth after being knocked out of the Papa John’s Trophy in their previous game following a disappointing 3-0 defeat against Hartlepool United.
In terms of which players Owls boss Darren Moore could pick in his starting XI to take on Portsmouth, who are just one place and one point behind his side in the league table, one man who started against Hartlepool and who we think should keep his place in the team on this occasion is Theo Corbeanu.
Despite Wednesday not managing to score against the Pools, the 19-year-old showed how much of an attacking threat he can provide for them.
In his 90 minutes on the pitch occupying the right wing-back position, Corbeanu had 69 touches of the ball and completed 34 of his 42 passes, with two key passes, three crosses and one long ball.
From an attacking point of view, the teenager put in a valiant effort by having three shots at goal, one of which was on target, whilst completing seven of his eight dribbles. Defensively, the 19-year-old did his bit as well by winning eight out of his 12 duels as well as making two interceptions.
This performance earned Corbeanu a superb overall match rating of 7.4/10, making him Wednesday’s highest-rated player according to SofaScore as he was Moore’s shining light in what was a disappointing night for Wednesday.
With this in mind, the youngster has definitely put himself in with a shout of facing a much tougher opponent in Portsmouth tonight and showing Moore what he’s capable of producing.
Labelled in the past by Wolves under-23 manager James Collins as an “outstanding” player who’s “got a bit of everything”, Corbeanu has enjoyed a good run in the team by scoring two goals and providing two assists in his five previous League One appearances.
Taking all this into account, the 19-year-old definitely has what it takes to be a real game-changer in tonight’s big clash, with both Wednesday and Portsmouth in the mix for a promotion place.