Dark Horse Chronicles – Sheffield Wednesday

This week we’re taking a step back from the Premier League and looking at a Championship side, Sheffield Wednesday.
Sheffield Wednesday (Sheff Wed) is a unique case, because unlike all the other clubs we’ve featured, they have no transfer activity.  In fact, the only transfers into the club’s first team (aside from youth promotions) were two loans; one from Tottenham, Josh Onomah, and Chelsea’s Michael Hector.
If they are able to maintain the pace they are currently on (12/46 games played) they would be on track to outpace their points total from last year by close to 30 points. Last year they finished with 57 points (15th place), but are so far on track to attain 73 points which would have put them in 7th place.
What has changed?
The only real change for this side has been the manager, after a less than ideal showing on the 2017-2018 campaign, Carlos Carvalhal stepped away from the club. As a result of him leaving the club they picked up a new manager in Dutch manager Jos Luhukay.
Under his leadership the club has been phenomenal, scoring goals – on pace for 17 more goals than last season bring their total to 73 – and are on track to concede only slightly more goals than last season (estimated at 69), but based on these projections they would have a positive goal differential (unlike last year). However, this would have put them out the outside looking in (7th place) for the playoffs last year.
So far, Sheff Wed have lost only three matches, all of which have been to opponents currently ranked 12th or higher on the league table. Two of their four draws have been to team in the Top 3, though the other two, including a draw to last place Hull City, are somewhat less impressive.
It’s unclear exactly what the Dutch manager has changed, but he seems to be getting the right results out of the club — and the Board is probably thrilled because he hasn’t even needed transfer funds to increase the clubs projected standing by 8 places. We’ll see if they can keep up this momentum and continued to cause some drama in the Championship.
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