That’s the brand new mindset of Sheffield Wednesday attacker Josh Windass, who credit a extra relaxed strategy to his off-the discipline life along with his upturn in luck within the remedy room – or quite his means to remain out of it.
The 28-year-old is having fun with an injury-free first half of the season after a plethora of points final day out that lowered his contribution to the final marketing campaign to simply 4 league begins, together with the play-off second leg in opposition to Sunderland.
He’s quadrupled that determine already this season.
“It’s humorous, in earlier seasons I’ve taken soccer so significantly,” Windass advised The Star. “I’ve been obsessive with my weight loss program and every thing, nearly excessive and being obsessive about being the very best I might be. It was a bit an excessive amount of.
“This 12 months I’m attempting to be a bit extra laid again. I’m clearly nonetheless maintaining a healthy diet and all that form of stuff, however I’m attempting to be happier.
“I’m not obsessing over having to do that, try this, take these nutritional vitamins, practice on this. My dad [former Owls loanee Dean Windass] used to inform me to sit back out and luxuriate in my soccer extra.
“Final 12 months I used to be in an unbelievable situation and what occurred occurred so it simply goes to point out you will get accidents.
“This season I’ve tried to be a bit extra laid again, perhaps have a number of extra treats right here and there and simply get pleasure from my soccer and my coaching. Contact wooden it’s going effectively.”
After an unbelievable begin to the season that took him to the highest of the charts by way of objective contributions within the division, luck in entrance of objective dried up a contact and the previous Rangers man endured a leaner run of 1 in eight league matches.
However he has two targets in his final three outings and the broader stats paint an image of Windass’ normal significance to Wednesday’s promotion marketing campaign – whether or not he scores or not.
In matches he begins in League One, the Owls have a win proportion of 60% and carry a loss proportion of simply 10% – at a Factors Per Sport (PPG) ratio of two.1.
Whereas in matches Windass doesn’t begin, the win fee drops to a nonetheless spectacular 50%, however the variety of defeats greater than doubles to 23.91% – and the PPG to 1.78.
By these figures, throughout the course of a season, it’s the distinction of 14.72 factors – or by final season’s league desk, the distinction between scraping into the play-offs with 81 factors and profitable it with 96.
For now all seems effectively on the health entrance and Windass feels he’s now higher outfitted to handle his physique.
He stated: “I’ve at all times been assured in my physique and that’s most likely why final 12 months I used to be coming again too early. I used to be so determined to play.
“I used to be so obsessive about being the very best skilled, nutritional vitamins, tablets, weight loss program. It’s worrying residing like that on a regular basis, you’re feeling like for those who do something improper it’s the worst factor on the planet and it stresses you out.
“I’m nonetheless residing a superb life and I’m behaving, however I’m attempting to ease off and be a bit extra mind-free and have a superb time.”