After back-to-back subpar performances, it’s time for Sheffield Wednesday boss Darren Moore to axe long-serving utility man Adam Reach from his Owls starting XI this evening.
The south Yorkshire giants are back in Championship action tonight, as they welcome a resurgent Cardiff City to Hillsborough Stadium, following their Good Friday defeat to promotion-chasing Watford.
It means Wednesday have lost eight of their last ten league outings, which leaves them second from bottom, some seven points adrift of safety and without any games in hand on the side above them.
And with the Bluebirds soaring towards the playoffs under Mick McCarthy, losing just twice in the 15 games since his appointment, it leaves Darren Moore with some bold decisions to make.
He really ought to start with Reach, who has been a disappointment for several weeks now.
As Football FanCast has previous highlighted, the 28-year-old wing-back was the only negative from their derby victory over Barnsley before the international break – a game in which he lost possession a whopping 40 times – on another day, a better side would’ve certainly punished the Owls.
Whilst against the Hornets, Reach badly let his manager down again with another abject display.
The former Boro midfielder is among Wednesday’s highest-earning players, sitting on a cool £20k-per-week, so he should be doing a lot more at the club.
Only four other Owls players earn more at the moment, yet Reach ranks 12th for average WhoScored rating, which certainly suggests he’s not justifying his wages.
His 6.54 grade is bettered by the likes of Chey Dunkley (£10k-per-week), Julian Borner (£11.5k-per-week) and Osaze Urhoghide (£1.2k-per-week), who all earn a lot less.
Indeed, Reach sits fourth for total goals and third for total assists, but it’s now been ten games since he’s delivered a contribution in either sense and hasn’t delivered an assist since early December.
It’s made worse by the fact that the wide man is considered among the leaders in this squad. Dunkley lauded his teammate back in February, talking to the official website, he said:
“To me, Adam Reach is a leader when he comes up with something special.”
Similarly, ex-caretaker Lee Bullen believes the Owls star is “so, so effective in the jobs he does because he does both attacking and the defensive roles brilliantly for the team.”
That simply hasn’t been the case, as evident above, and as such, Moore must be ruthless and axe him tonight.