Sheffield Wednesday must strengthen this area in the summer

Sheffield Wednesday have struggled for goals of late.

Sheffield Wednesday’s latest run of form illustrates why they must buy a new striker this summer in order to enhance their goal scoring ability when their main threat up top isn’t firing.

The Owls have shot up the Championship table over the past two months, with a run of five wins in their last nine matches largely coinciding with Gary Hooper coming to form.

The 28-year-old striker originally joined the club from Norwich on loan, yet his impressive form – ten league goals in 12 starts – prompted the club to make his move permanent in January.

Hooper and Forestieri have provided a strike partnership to rival any other club in the Championship.

However, beyond those two some could argue that Wednesday are light on alternatives and their most recent form – a 1-0 defeat at Preston followed by a 1-1 draw with Queens Park Rangers – demonstrated how stifling those two is the key to stopping the Owls.

Wednesday’s fellow alternatives, such as the gangly Atdhe Nuhiu, aren’t quite up to the task of leading the line for a top Championship side and that is a worry for boss Carlos Carvalhal.

The Yorkshire side currently sit in the Championship’s top six and a playoff berth – and potential promotion - is a realistic target come the end of the season.

That said, they would enter the playoffs as underdogs and should a failure to be promoted ensue, they will know exactly where to strengthen in the summer in order to boost their chances next season.

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