GARY Madine is the “perfect” striker to spearhead Sheffield Wednesday’s attack, according to Chris Lines.
The Gateshead-born target man has struggled to hit the back of the net on a regular basis since joining moving to Hillsborough, scoring just six times in 24 starts.
After four outings without a goal, Madine opened his account in the come from behind victory over 10-man Notts County, tapping home from close range after an inviting centre from the outstanding Lewis Buxton.
Now new boy Lines is tipping his lanky team-mate to hit 20 goals and inspire the Owls’ promotion tilt.
He told The Star: “Every team needs a goal-scorer and it is positive for everyone that Gary has started scoring.
“In any successful side, there is always someone who gets 20 plus goals and Gary is more than capable of doing that.
“He got a goal on Saturday so hopefully he can keep it going. I remember playing against Gary last season. He won so much ball in the air. He has got good technique and he is the perfect striker for what we need at the moment.
“Gary scored a lot of goals at Carlisle so he has already proven himself at this level.”
Manager Gary Megson has told Madine to show more of a killer instinct in the final third. He reckons the 20-year-old possesses the attributes to be one of the most lethal finisher in the divison but must work harder at getting on the of end of crosses from midfield.
Lines added: “Gary has still a lot of progressing to do but if he keeps scoring and learning then he is going to go far in the game.
“He is leading the line for a massive club in League One and it is quite a lot of pressure on his shoulders and he is only a young lad. Gary has got his first goal of the season now and I have got every confidence in him that he is going to go on and score a lot more.”
Megson deployed Lines on the right flank on Saturday. It was the industrious midfielder, signed for an undisclosed fee from Bristol Rovers earlier this month, who conceded the first half penalty which was gleefully tucked away by Jeff Hughes. Megson said the home debutant got caught “ball-watching” and urged the player to learn from his mistake.
Lines said: “That is the first penalty I have conceded in my career. It was totally accidental. I went to head it and got it wrong. I would have got stick from the lads if we had not won but we showed good character to get back into the game and score two goals.”