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Why have Sheffield Wednesday turned their fortunes’ around?

Carlos had a dream is a chant sang week in week out by Sheffield Wednesday fans all over the country but the 2017-18 season started somewhat of a nightmare for the Owls picking up 7 points in August.

It is a well known fact the side from Hillsborough have forked out massive amounts of money on new players over the past year and a half bringing in the likes of Steven Fletcher and Sam Winnall who they have since loaned to Derby County.

After an opening day defeat away at Preston the Owls then failed to win against QPR, Sunderland at home and away at Burton Albion.

There was a time that looked like Carvahal’s reign as manager was coming to an abrupt end after failing in the playoffs in the previous two seasons against Huddersfield Town losing on penalties where Jordan Rhodes refused to take one and in the final against Hull City in 2015-16 1-0.

With many Wednesdayites happy with the improvement in recent seasons failure when it matters the most has become a frustration for them and also not giving U23 star George Hirst a crack in the team after his sensational goal scoring run in the Premier Development 2 league winning side last season.

What has turned the fortunes around then?

With a win away at Fulham in late August thanks to a goal from Fletcher this is where fortunes changed and bringing the Scotsman back into the starting line-up has helped to as he netted in Saturdays convincing 3-1 victory over Nottingham Forest.

Tuesday night also saw the Owls gain a crucial victory over Brentford that was influenced by the impressive Barry Bannan who has stepped up his game dramatically of late and he has dictated games.

Saturday is another big test as the Owls go to Cardiff before going into the Steel city derby a week on Sunday .

 

 

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Did Birmingham make the signing of the summer?

With all the money that was spent during the summer transfer window, its clear to see that fees for players is continuing to rise year on year. 

Last year we saw Manchester United sign Paul Pogba for a fee believed to be in the region of £89m, and this summer that was blown out of the water by Paris St Germain, who completed the signing of Neymar from Barcelona for €222m.

With big money been spent by Premier League clubs its driving the price of players in the lower leagues up, but on deadline day Birmingham City made a quality signing and a such a good price, as they completed the signing of Jota from Brentford for a fee believed to be in excess of £6m.

Jota – The Spanish midfielder can play on either wing or just behind the striker, offering versatility in his game.

Last season for Brentford he managed to score 12 goals in the Championship and also provide 5 assists for his teammates, and has carried that form into this season where he already has 3 assists in just 4 games. From these statistics it shows that Jota will certainly contribute to the team, and at a fee of just over £6m he could be well be bargain of the summer.

Birmingham City fans are you pleased with the Jota signing? Do you believe you have got yourselves a bargain? Let us know in the comments below…