Sheffield Wednesday: Helan aims for top half

Jeremy Helan believes that a top-12 finish is a realistic target for the Owls.

They are only five points off that position and have 14 games remaining.

Jeremy Helan beats Doncaster's James Husband

Jeremy Helan beats Doncaster's James Husband

Ready for a recall at Yeovil today, the former Manchester City speed merchant is also happy play whatever part is possible even though he has been in and out of the team.

“We shouldn’t forget that anything can happen in this league,” he says. “First make sure that we’re safe. After that we can look up. To finish in the top 12 would be very good.

“It’s not impossible. It’s a realistic target. I think if we stay together as we are, it’s achievable.

“Last season we were wondering which division we were going to be in this season. Now we have gone from the bottom of the table to mid-table, among 24 teams - that is good progress.

“I think everybody would be pleased with a mid-table finish and look for more from us next season.”

Helan is set to play at left back today instead of on the wing, because Joe Mattock and Reda Johnson are both injured.

Since Stuart Gray took over he has been on the bench 11 times and started only eight games, all but one away from home.

But the 21-year-old says: “Stu has changed players around and the formation, and we have still got results - that shows he’s doing something well, and the squad is doing its job well.

“So when you’re left on the side or you’re in, you need to do the best you can.

“I’d rather see the team and the club doing well and be in and out, than be in and see us losing every game, because that means something is wrong.

“If Stu has a good method that is getting results, you can’t criticise. You have to accept it. You have to learn, learn and do as well as you can. We have a good team and good players.”