Sheffield Wednesday: Harris endures the nightmare
Posted On March 18, 2021
Sheffield Wednesday ended a seven-game losing streak but still moved closer to Ligue 1 after dropping two points at Hillsborough to local rivals last night.
Darren Moore’s side are cut off by nine points adrift of safety after the 1-1 draw with just ten games to go. An unfortunate goal against Callum Paterson canceled the equalizer for Josh Windass.
It’s clear the 46-year-old still doesn’t know his best starting XI – or his roster – but much of the current squad is doing him a disservice. Sometimes they seemed too vulnerable to over-engagement and ultimately a dose of confidence.
As YorkshireLive reporter Dom Howson pointed out, Wednesday’s struggles in front of goal continued against Huddersfield, scoring just two shots on target. He also claims their record for expected goals since Moore’s appointment has yet to improve.
Should Moore give up on Kadeem Harris?
Moore deployed a 3-4-3 formation with Windass and Kadeem Harris playing either side of Jordan Rhodes. Only two of the trios exceeded the score of 7.0 according to SofaScore.
The one who didn’t was Harris – the natural winger. In fact, he had a complete nightmare of an evening on that right flank before he was hooked on time.
His 6.5 rating was the lowest of any Owls player, and it’s easy to see why.
The 27-year-old dynamo, valued at £ 1.35million by Transfermarkt, recorded the fewest hits (26) of any starter on Wednesday, showing just how inefficient and incapable he was in making an impact in the game. Even Keiren Westwood had more between the sticks (45). It is never a good sign.
Harris made 58 touches against the league leaders on Sunday, in a game in which they shouldn’t be successful at all.
With so few touches, the former Cardiff ace struggled tremendously, failing to deliver an accurate cross to Rhodes as he wasted a lot, with three of his shots failing to find the target, one of those attempts being a big missed chance, via SofaScore.
The 5-foot-9 dynamo also lost possession seven times, meaning that one touch in 3.7 was simply giving him the ball to the Terriers, while he only won four of the seven matches, se revealing light against its counterpart.
Howson ranked Harris among his worst performers in his post-game column and said: ‘Another frustrating night. Carried the ball forward but there was no end product to his forward thrusts. I looked disappointed to come out after the break.
All in all it was a complete disaster on the part of the £ 10,000-a-week Owls man in front of a manager he has to impress, who is also always on the lookout for his right side.
On that basis alone, Harris might not have another opportunity.
AND in other news, Moore could save thousands of Sheffield Wednesdays next season with a ‘formidable’ 20-year-old gem …