'Unacceptable' But For How Long?
Sheffield Wednesday's performance at home to West Brom was branded unacceptable by Brian Laws, so how long before something changes?
It's not the first time that Laws has used this word to describe a Wednesday performance this season. The inept displays at Watford and Derby were deemed to be unacceptable too by Laws, who despite this has remained loyal to a large number of players involved in these games.
James O'Connor has received criticism during his Wednesday career. The midfielder's goalscoring contribution is minimal (only one goal in 53 appearances) and his 'all-action style' has been more 'headless chicken' in recent weeks.
Lewis Buxton at full-back looked shaky. A switch to centre-back in recent weeks saw him look more solid, but him and Richard Hinds were at fault yesterday.
Tommy Spurr isn't immune from criticism either. Just because he's one of our own doesn't mean he can put in below par performances and get away with it. However, a lack of alternatives at left-back could see Spurr keep his place.
Etienne Esajas, Sean McAllister and Mark Beevers have done little wrong under Laws. Yet they can't get a regular game. Is it a case of Laws sticking with his signings, or his favourites?
N.B: Buxton, Hinds and O'Connor were Laws' signings.
Esajas is without a doubt our most gifted footballer. A number of long-distance wonder strikes, and free-kicks will live long in many Owls fan's memories, but is his all-round contribution not good enough for Laws?
McAllister is a similar player to O'Connor. However, his goal threat is a lot more potent.
Mark Beevers' potential is undoubted, but the defender has struggled to hold down a place this season. Why?
Darren Purse was dropped after a disastrous start to his Wednesday career: perhaps it's time for him to prove his leadership qualities and prove to the fans that he is the sort of player we thought we'd signed.
The loan arrivals of Tom Soares and Warren Feeney means Laws has more options, but will he continue to keep the faith with the likes of Hinds, Buxton and O'Connor?
It's easy to pick out scapegoats, but Wednesday are on a bad run, and the fans becoming more and more irate. The likes of Buxton and O'Connor have been in the team all season. They have been involved in 'unacceptable performances' before. How can Laws play 'three strikes and you're out' with Purse, but give his pet cats of O'Connor and Buxton nine lives?
Wednesday need a win. Laws needs a win. Will a win come without changes?