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Should Sheffield Wednesday shackle their full-backs in favour of stability?

Although they provide plenty of creativity, Sheffield Wednesday need more defensive solidity.

Adam Reach and Jack Hunt are the most creative players in the Sheffield Wednesday squad, according to key-pass statistics for the Championship this season.

The pair have 23 and 21 key passes respectively, with 12 of Reach’s tally coming when playing at left-back for the Owls.

That means that the duo are the most creative full-backs in the second tier, but is that fact actually holding the side back defensively?

Carlos Carvalhal’s side have won just one of their last seven league games and only have two clean sheets to their name in that competition all season.

Those numbers clearly indicate that Reach and Hunt are asked to push forward to deliver crosses to the front two in the manager’s preferred 4-4-2 formation.

But opting for attack-minded full-backs can come at a cost at the back and, with a goal difference of zero, it appears that the tradeoff isn’t quite reaping the desired rewards.

Adding another body to central midfield or the backline to form a back three - which would allow Reach and Hunt to operate as wing-backs - could be a solution to add better balance.

Or, simply asking both players to be less adventurous may tighten things up, although that would mean finding a creative spark from elsewhere.

Gary Hooper and Ross Wallace have the next best key-pass tally in the squad, with 18 each, and it would seem likely that the latter would need to pick up some of the slack if Wednesday want to tighten up at the back and regain form.