Sheffield Wednesday are a team that can do considerable damage on the attack, capitalising on catching the opposing sides when they’re half-asleep; and with individuals in the setup capable of turning the game around in an instant, the Baggies will need to be at their best to secure all three points.
West Brom will visit Sheffield Wednesday this week in a game that is crucial to their hopes of automatic promotion: three points in this game will certainly be a huge weight off their shoulders.
The loss to Brentford on Friday dealt a hammer blow to the morale of the Albion team, but they now have a golden opportunity to recover and build momentum.
Given that the Baggies have been so poor in front of goal lately — no goals in four matches — they will have to rely heavily on their defence to keep out Wednesday’s attackers, because if a scrappy goal is scored by Albion, they simply cannot afford to concede and let their efforts be cancelled out when goals are so hard to come by at the moment.
With that said, here are four players Slaven Bilic will need to bear in mind on Wednesday;
1. Kadeem Harris (LW)
Possessing explosive speed and a top-notch dribbling ability, Kadeem Harris will likely pose a serious threat on Wednesday. Darnell Furlong will probably be the defender closing him down, and will have to ensure that Harris doesn’t cut in or attempt to whip a ball into the area, as he’s proven to be deadly from these sort of situations.
2. Connor Wickham (ST)
Connor Wickham is a target man that the playmakers and wingers all look for when he’s roaming in the penalty area; his heading ability means that he’ll be a constant worry for our defenders so we’ll need someone like Semi Ajayi to man-mark him out of the game. The 27-year-old bagged the opener against Bristol City on Sunday and will be full of confidence going into this fixture.
3. Massimo Luongo (AM)
The Australian international has been a key player for Sheffield Wednesday in the attacking midfield department and will probably start against Albion, given how well he performed against Bristol City in the last match. Nimble and agile, Luongo’s ability to pick out a lethal pass in an instant is enough of a reason for our midfielders to chase him down whenever he’s in possession. If he’s given enough time, he will punish us.
4. Barry Bannan (CM)
Barry Bannan has been a permanent fixture in the Sheffield Wednesday starting-eleven for quite some time now, and his performances this season have proven why that is. Bannan is just as eager to defend as he is to attack, which is why you’ll likely see him roaming all over the pitch against Albion. The 30-year-old also picked up a Man of the Match award against Bristol City in Sheffield’s last outing.