Sheffield Wednesday return to Championship action on Good Friday and they know that their next nine matches will be absolutely pivotal towards their future.
The Owls are six points adrift of safety and now face a promotion-chasing outfit on their own patch.
Indeed, Darren Moore’s side make the trip from Hillsborough Stadium to north London to face Watford, who are currently sat second in the table.
The 46-year-old has plenty to consider in terms of team selection as last time out, he secured his first win as Wednesday boss by defeating local rivals Barnsley.
This time around, Moore must ruthlessly drop Liam Palmer from the starting XI…
The Owls boss deployed a three-at-the-back formation for their south Yorkshire derby victory, with Osaze Urhoghide, Tom Lees and Julian Borner proving to be a stern test for the high-flying Tykes.
However, Moore’s wing-backs weren’t at the races. On the left, Adam Reach dropped a disasterclass, not only being graded as the visitors’ worst player (5.9) but he also lost possession a whopping 40 times which is rather unheard of.
On the right, Palmer was also poor, rating as the Owls’ second-worst player (6.3) and it is he who should face the chop instead. The 29-year-old offers far less going forward than Reach, who has provided three goals and two assists this league campaign.
Indeed, the Scotsman struggled to make an influence on the game. He made only 12 of his 22 passing attempts (55% accuracy) throughout 90 minutes, meaning he managed one successful pass every 7.5 minutes, almost proving to be an absolutely anonymous presence.
Nor could he provide Jordan Rhodes with any service of note, failing to deliver an accurate cross from three attempts, as per SofaScore.
Given the threat on offer by the Hornets, he’s not someone that the Owls can account for as a passenger this time around. He’s already amongst Wednesday’s worst-rated players on the season, managing a 6.51 WhoScored rating and an average passing accuracy rate of 65.5% is further cause for concern.
The £12k-per-week defender must be axed this afternoon. Instead, Moore should turn to Kadeem Harris, who has largely delivered in that role all campaign, managing three assists, a 75.5% pass success and 0.7 crosses per game.