Sheffield Wednesday are due to go through a period of transition.
For far too long now it’s been the same names lining up week in week out at Hillsborough, and while many won’t want to hear it, Carlos Carvalhal’s cohort of reliable stars are no longer what they used to be.
While many teams around them have adapted and evolved, the Owls have maintained the same core of players, but for many of them, the ship has sailed on their peak years.
The likes of Fernando Forestieri, Keiren Westwood, Kieran Lee and Adthe Nuhiu no longer look like players who can compete for a side challenging for the top six.
However, there are a couple of players from the Carvalhal era still producing the goods, and one of those is certainly Steven Fletcher.
The Scot is having arguably one of the best seasons of his career, he’s netted 13 goals, and he’s scoring at a rate of one every 155 minutes, a record capable of competing with the best of the best at this level.
Unfortunately, the former Sunderland man’s form can’t last forever.
He turned 33 this week, and he’s heading towards the back end of his career, but Wednesday have to make sure to not waste his final years by doing one thing.
Fletcher is a player worthy of playing for one of the division’s top sides, and those types of strikers don’t come around all that often in the Championship, but the rest of his team are letting him down.
Dejphon Chansiri and Garry Monk need to build a solid side around Fletcher to get the most out of arguably the most talented striker the Steel City outfit have seen this decade. Otherwise, his talents will be wasted, pointlessly finding the net for a team destined to languish in mid-table.
Wednesday must bring in the players to make sure Fletcher is able to lead the Owls towards a playoff push over the next couple of seasons, or else they’ll have let a huge opportunity pass them by.
In other news, this sale is one of Wednesday’s biggest mistakes ever.