Sheffield Wednesday by Connor Thorpe
- Not only did results drastically improve when Stuart Gray took up the Hillsborough hotseat, Wednesday also became a much more aesthetically pleasing team. Gray implemented a more attacking style not long after he was appointed as the Owls’ head coach, which has gone down well with a crowd.
- At the time of writing Gray’s plans for the season are in limbo due to the ongoing takeover situation, in the upcoming weeks Wednesday might have a decent amount of money to throw around, if Hafiz Mammadov’s proposed takeover of the club is ratified by the Football League. Deals are in the pipeline with the rubber stamp from the Football League being the only factor holding them back.
- At present Wednesday do not have enough depth in their squad to cope with the rigours of Championship football. With only three centre-backs and two fit strikers on their books it is pivotal that the Yorkshiremen don’t pick up any more injuries, although they’ve already been cursed with plenty of them this summer. A win against Notts County in the Capital Cup will lead to 7 games in 21 days, testing the squad to its limits.
- The Steel City outfit do have a number of players that have improved with more exposure to Championship football. Striker Adthe Nuhiu showed that he is adapting to English football towards the end of last season after a tricky start to his first year in this country, and he proved that he can be a real handful for defenders in the second tier. Jacques Maghoma will hope to really kick on this year after getting a season of Championship. He showed glimpses of the quality that prompted Dave Jones to sign him last year. Striker Coalan Lavery is also a player that has shown flashes of brilliance and will hopefully develop into a consistent goalscorer for Wednesday.