Darren Moore’s Sheffield Wednesday bounced back from their 1-0 defeat to Morecambe at the weekend with a strong 3-0 win over Newcastle’s under-23 side in the EFL Trophy.
The Owls have now won four of their first five matches in all competitions, following a difficult start to the campaign with a defeat to Huddersfield in the League Cup and a 0-0 draw with Charlton on the opening day of the League One season.
Marvin Johnson, Liam Palmer and Sylla Sow scored the goals for Moore’s side as they brushed the young Magpies aside in their group stage game. Palmer, in particular, impressed with an 8.3 SofaScore rating and a goal from the right-back position.
Forget Palmer, though, as it was another Sheffield Wednesday player who stole the show against the Magpies with a stunning performance – midfield dynamo Lewis Wing.
The 26-year-old, on loan from Middlesbrough, was exceptional in midfield for the Owls and ran the show from start to finish. He made an impact at both ends of the pitch and was pivotal to the side’s superb team performance, with Wing pulling the strings in the middle of the park through his effective play.
Defensively, Wing put himself about and helped to regain possession for his side. Per SofaScore, the Boro man won a whopping nine of his 13 ground duels in the game, whilst also making five tackles, one interception and two clearances for his side. This shows that he was active in trying to cut out opposition attacks, winning the ball back for the team and helping to put the Owls on the front foot.
Going the other way, however, is where he did his most impressive work. Per SofaScore, Wing provided an eye-catching eight key passes for his teammates, which led to him registering one assist. He also completed nine of his 10 long passes and four of his nine crossing attempts, showing that he was effective with the passes he was trying to pull off.
Wing being able to create eight chances for his teammates in 90 minutes illustrates the level of creativity he can bring to the Wednesday midfield this season and why he was the best player on the park against Newcastle.
He was able to show his quality both defensively and offensively and Moore will surely be hoping that he can produce a similar level of performance for the rest of the campaign.