ARTICLE: NEW SIGNINGS RATED

In this article, we will be reviewing how our new signings have got on at the Owls so far. The players will be rated out of 10 and a brief description will be given on the players and their time at Sheffield Wednesday so far.

 

Steven Fletcher – 6.5

 

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Steven Fletcher celebrating his first goal for Wednesday against Wigan

In July, when Fletcher signed for the owls on a free transfer, there was huge expectations mounted onto his shoulder. The critics were asking if he could deliver the goals for Sheffield Wednesday. Since signing in July, Fletcher has not had the best of starts, but not the worst either. With 6 goals to his name and 2nd Top scorer for the Owls so far this season, just behind Fernando Forestieri who is on 10 so far this season.

 

Daniel Pudil – 6

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Daniel Pudil.

Since a successful loan spell with the Owls last year, the Owls re-signed Daniel Pudil from Watford for a fee believed to be around £1.5 million. Since signing for Wednesday permanently, Pudil hasn’t really demonstrated the same qualities at left back as last year. This is why Adam Reach was brought in to try and raise competition to Pudil.

 

Almen Abdi – 7

 

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Almen Abdi vs Aston Villa.

When Almen Abdi signed for The Owls in July, Wednesday fans were expecting a lot from the Swiss. A fee believed to be around £4 million was paid for Abdi and succeeded at Watford during his time there, nicknamed ‘The Professor’. Since joining Wednesday, Abdi has had troubled with injuries and hasn’t really had much game time as he would have wanted to when he joined Wednesday, making 15 appearances so far this season. Up until January, fans were questioning what had happened to Abdi as sometime he wasn’t even on the subs even though he wasn’t injured. This was up until February where Abdi showed his true class against Nottingham Forest, delivering a beautiful volley into the top left corner. Carlos recently said that Abdi had stepped up in training and wanted to start for the Owls and that there was more to see from the Swiss midfielder.

 

Will Buckley – 5

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Will Buckley signed on loan from Sunderland in early August.

Will Buckley signed for Sheffield Wednesday on loan from Sunderland in August and we haven’t really seen much of the right midfielder, making only 8 appearances so far this season. His most memorable game so far is probably against Preston at home where he missed 2 sitters, but won a penalty in the second half that was converted by Steven Fletcher .

 

David Jones – 6.5

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David Jones joined on a transfer from Burney.

Since joining the Owls from Burnley, we haven’t seen him really start for Sheffield Wednesday so much. Wednesday fans were expecting a lot from Jones as he was a key player in Burnley’s promotion season last season. He has made 17 appearances so far for the Owls this season and when he joined, he claimed that he was an Owls fan when he was younger so the Owls fans were excited at what they were getting.

 

 

Vincent Sasso – 7

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Vincent Sasso joined on a free transfer in the summer.

Again, like Pudil, after a successful loan spell, Sasso returned to Hillsborough on a free transfer. He first emerged onto the scene in early January where he put on a impressive display against Wolves at home that ended in a 0-0 draw. On 14th February 2017, also known across the world as Valentines Day, Sasso scored 2 in a 2-1 win over Blackburn Rovers and was the hero in that match. He appeared to be many Wednesdayites Valentine that night.

 

Adam Reach – 7.5

 

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Adam Reach joined Wednesday from Middlesbrough for £5 Million on Transfer Deadline Day in August.

 

When Sheffield Wednesday broke their transfer record for 24 year old Adam Reach, fans were not knowing what to expect of the 24 year old. Surely a lot was expected after the club record transfer fee was broken. Since then, Reach has made 25 appearances and scored 2 goals, but his performances have been consistent. Reach can play either left midfielder or left back and was brought in to provide competition to Pudil and also to provide crosses to the strikers. Reach’s first goal came against his former club Preston in the last minute of the game which sent the Wednesday fans wild at Deepdale. His second came against Birmingham at home and he scored the third goal in an impressive 3-0 win. Since joining, Reach has impressed the Owls fans, but some fans believe that he has not proven that he is worth £5 Million yet. We will wait and see what the future holds for this young prospect…

 

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