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Sheffield Wednesday need a new centre-mid

Garry Monk has a real job on his hands at Sheffield Wednesday this summer.

The manager has watched his team self-destruct over the past few months, winning just two of their last 14 matches in the league.

Something certainly has to change at Hillsborough, and there has been plenty of talk about the summer rebuild Monk is facing.

The boss needs to bring in a few new faces in the summer if he wants to get Wednesday back competing at the top-end of the Championship, and it’s glaringly obvious where his first port of call should be.

Indeed, the Owls need a new central midfielder.

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Just look at their WhoScored ratings this season, only one of the Yorkshire club’s top 13 players is a centre-mid, and Barry Bannan needs a partner.

Kieran Lee has been good in days gone by, but he’s not hit that level this season, with fans routinely slating him, while the fanbase have also stated that they want Joey Pelupessy to leave the club upon the expiry of his contract.

Massimo Luongo hasn’t lived up to his billing since joining, and with that many midfielders underperforming it may be time to bring in somebody new.

Who they decide to go for remains to be seen, but their best bet would be to get someone in who can act as a perfect foil to Bannan.

The Scot is a silky playmaker, playing 2.3 key passes per game, but his shortcomings in other areas are alarmingly obvious.

His pass completion rate is under 80 per cent and his defensive numbers also aren’t too great, making 1 interception per game and 1.5 tackles per match.

The Owls need someone who can do the defensive dirty work while also offering a passing option when his partner is in a tight space.

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Can you name this obscure former Sheffield Wednesday player?

Unfortunately, that sounds a lot like Luongo before he joined Wednesday, as he averaged the second-most tackles per game in the division last term, while also averaging over 41 passes per game, which is a higher tally than all but one Wednesday player, showing he was always keen to be on the ball.

Monk was going along the right lines last summer by targeting the Australian, but for some reason, he hasn’t come good, and this time around he has to right the wrongs of that purchase by landing a player who can bring deliver where Luongo has failed.

In other news, Wednesday seem to have made a mistake last summer.

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