Off The Mark

Many will be keen to focus on strikers who could potentially arrive at Wednesday between now and the end of the window. But, it’s pleasing to see all three senior centre forwards off the mark and up and running for the season. And, therefore, likely to give Garry Monk selection headaches along the way.

After not starting the cup game against Walsall, many thought Jordan Rhodes was out of favour with Monk and his staff. However, the thirty-year-old started against Cardiff, put in a shift, and got himself on the scoresheet too, after a well-worked set-piece routine. And, after being rested for our midweek game against Rochdale, you would expect him to be the most physically ready out of our striking options to start the match against Watford this weekend.

Josh Windass, who is now a permanent fixture at Wednesday after joining from Wigan, has been our most impressive striker so far. He started and scored against Cardiff, and then came off the bench against Rochdale on Tuesday evening to bag our second. Windass, for me, is most suited to how Garry Monk wants us to play right now. He’s got a couple of goals and an assist from one hundred and fourteen minutes of action, which means he’s contributed every 0.42 games.

Elias Kachunga is the most recent senior striker to join us at Wednesday, and the ninety minutes he’s played so far, spread over two fixtures, won’t have done his chances any harm at all. He came on against Cardiff last weekend and showed his footballing intelligence more than anything, which was a big plus for me. Then, as expected, he started against Rochdale and converted somewhat of a trademark header, after a delightful cross from skipper for the evening Liam Palmer.

Yes, we need to add one or two more to our forward line, but it’s so far so good where our three senior attacking options are concerned. It doesn’t lessen our need to recruit, but it means there will be less pressure on us to potentially rush a deal, pay over the odds and so on. If we can continue scoring goals, the recruitment team will arguably have more time to focus their efforts, and the club will be able to do things on their terms financially too, instead of feeling pressured due to a lack of balls hitting the back of the net.

Looking ahead to the Watford fixture, Monk has decisions to make at the top of the pitch. I think he will go with Jordan Rhodes and Josh Windass, knowing Elias Kachunga is an option from the bench. It’s probably the way I’d go as well. Rhodes will be well-rested and prepared. I thought he linked up well with Windass against Cardiff, and how can you the latter out at the minute? He’s on fire.

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