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Scouting Report: Sheffield Wednesday (A) FA Cup

Ahead of tonight’s FA Cup fourth round game at Hillsborough, Jack Simpson takes a detailed look at the Owls.

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The Manager

Sheffield Wednesday’s current manager is Jos Luhukay. The 54-year-old has been at the helm for only a few weeks following the sacking of former and now Swansea boss Carlos Carvalhal.

Sheffield Wednesday v Carlisle United - The Emirates FA Cup Third Round Replay Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Managerial History

Luhukay first started as an assistant manager at SV Straelen, KFC Uerdingen 05 and FC Koln. His first job as a manager was with SC Paderborn where he managed the club for 32 games between July 2005 and August 2006.

Following his resignation from, Luhukay moved to Borussia Monchengladbach in 2006 where he was the assistant manager to Jupp Heynckes, whose resignation in January 2007 led to Luhukay being appointed the permanent manager.

Unfortunately, he was unable to prevent Die Borussen from being relegated to the 2. Bundesliga. But in his first full season in charge of Borussia, Luhukay led to the club back to the Bundesliga as champions.

After managing 60 games at Stadion im Borussia-Park, Luhukay was sacked in October 2008. His next managerial job was with Augsburg, where he guided the club to the Bundesliga for the first time in Fuggerstädter’s history. However, at the end of the 2011/12 season Luhukay resigned from his job as Augsburg’s manager.

He was soon back in management, this time at Hertha Berlin where he managed the club between July 2012 and February 2015. He once again lived up to his reputation by successfully wining promotion to the Bundesliga. His last job in Germany was with Stuttgart where he only managed five games before leaving the club in September 2016.

Style Of Play/Formation

In terms of his style of play, Luhukay likes to keep things solid at the back and keep things simple. He is not renowned for playing out and out attacking football.

Luhukay’s preferred formation is 3-5-2 or 5-3-2, so expect the Owls midfield to be solid and high pressing in order to stop the Reading players from getting any time on the ball in which to play their passing game.

Top Goalscorer

Sheffield Wednesday’s current leading goal-scorer is Gary Hooper who has 10 goals in 24 Championship games. His will be a familiar name for Reading fans having been heavily linked with a move to RG2 in the summer of 2013.

Furthermore, Hooper has an average of 1.7 shots per game, only Steven Fletcher (1.9) has averaged more, meaning that the likes of Liam Moore and Tiago Ilori will need to be at their best in order to stop Hooper from firing shots away on goal.

Club Captain & Current Longest Serving Player

The Owls’ current captain is Glenn Loovens who has been at the club since singing as a free agent in December 2013. His previous teams include Real Zaragoza, Celtic, Cardiff and Feyenoord.

On the other hand, Sheffield Wednesday’s current longest serving player is Atdhe Nuhiu, who has been at Hillsborough since completing a switch from Rapid Vienna in July 2013. The striker has scored 26 goals in 178 appearances.

It is worth noting that Nuhiu scored in the last round of the FA Cup, when Sheffield Wednesday beat Carlisle 2-0 in a replay.

Key Man

The player that Reading fans should keep an eye out the most is Adam Reach. His primary position is on the left hand side of midfield, but he can also play as a left-back.

Despite Reach being deployed as a full-back, the former Middlesbrough man has averaged the most amount of shots per game (1.5) and has averaged 1.7 key passes per game, which is the best of anyone in the Sheffield Wednesday team.

Furthermore, Reach is also the type of player that tends to track back and help his team out. The Owls man gets in an average 1.8 tackles per game and the same amount of interceptions per game, suggesting that he isn’t afraid to stick his foot out when needed.

With four goals and six assists to his name this season, expect the 24-year-old to be a threat in both halves of the pitch.

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Likely Line-Up

Jos Luhukay may choose to field the same side that beat Carlisle in the last round of the FA Cup. Here’s how the Owls’ lined-up in that match (5-3-2).

Cameron Dawson(GK); Jack Hunt, Connor O’Grady, André Frederico Venâncio, Frederik Nielsen, Morgan Fox; David Jones, Jacob Butterfield, George Boyd; Atdhe Nuhiu, Marco Matias.

The highlights for that match can be found here.

However, Luhukay could name the same side that drew 0-0 with Cardiff last time out.

Here’s the team from that match.

Joe Wildsmith (GK); Andre Frederico Venâncio, Daniel Pudil, Jordan Thorniley; Liam Palmer, Ross Wallace, David Jones, Adam Reach, Morgan Fox; Jordan Rhodes, Lucas João.