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Alan Biggs: Sheffield Wednesday are stuck in the middle

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The soundtrack to Sheffield Wednesday’s season has been strikers, strikers and more strikers. From Connor Wickham and Matty Fryatt to current loan pair Benik Afobe and Leon Best (with the liberated Gary Madine creating a buzz in the background).

An injury ravaged defence has needed emergency attention, too. But when it comes to minding the gap for next season I think there is a far more obvious one to fill.

Midfield has too often been a void in terms of composure and authority. Only when Jose Semedo and Kieran Lee, the one player to put a quality foot on the ball, were together did the Owls look balanced.

Their untimely injuries unhinged the side and, much as Stuart Gray can look again to that pairing as Lee nears a comeback, it is an area of concern however manfully Giles Coke has striven. Gray, and Dave Jones before him, have circumvented the problem by playing a longer game than they wished. Wide midfield, where the Owls have pace and power, is different.

But the out ball tends to go forward when, with better passing, it could be diagonal.

I wonder too (writing ahead of the Wigan game) if Best, Afobe and attacking midfielder Gary Gardner have done enough to justify loan extensions. And you have to ask: Does the biggest need lie elsewhere?

 

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