Gary Megson believes Chris O’Grady can be Sheffield Wednesday’s Kevin Davies - with the potential to match the England international.
There could be no higher appreciation of O’Grady’s true calibre, coming as it does from someone who has worked with both players.
And it’s one more reason why yesterday’s FA hearing involving top scorer Gary Madine - which deliberated as the Telegraph went to press - was hardly make or break for the Owls, whether or not the striker collected a further suspension.
Megson, who managed Davies at Bolton, sees many of the same characteristics in the forward he snatched from Rochdale at what is rapidly proving to be a bargain £350,000.
Of course, there is no comparison - not yet, anyway - in terms of attainment.
But both have a background of development in the lower leagues (Davies at Chesterfield) and Megson feels it is not too late for O’Grady, 25, to make similar strides.
Indeed, the single goal he has scored for the Owls so far comes nowhere near reflecting his overall impact.
“Chris is very similar in style to Kevin Davies,” Megson told the Telegraph. “He’s nowhere near Kevin in experience but the raw material is the same. There is the opportunity for Chris to move on and up in his career.
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