Sheffield Wednesday: Improvement Hope for new boy Hallam

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Stuart Gray is confident ‘Premier League quality’ Hallam Hope will improve during his time at Hillsborough.

The 20-year-old forward joined the Owls on loan last week from Everton until January.

And head coach Gray believes Hope will benefit from his spell with Wednesday – as fellow Toffee Ross Barkley did following his two month stint at the club two years.

“He will improve and he will get better with Sheffield Wednesday,” Gray said.

“We’re very grateful that Everton have allowed him to come out to us.

“He’s out of his comfort zone, coming from a Premier League club.

“Hallam has got Premier League qualities.

“He can play on the left, right or down the middle.

“He’s that talented he can do it all.”

Hope made his first appearance in Owls colours in a five minute cameo as Gray chased an equaliser against Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

Gray said: “I thought he did ok on the left hand side.

“He only arrived on Friday so he probably didn’t know anyone’s name.

“But he did ok and won us a dangerous free kick with a great run but unfortunately we didn’t take advantage of that.”

Hope had loan spells with Bury and Northampton Town earlier this year.

His time with League Two Bury proved profitable as he netted five goals in eight matches, including a hat trick in a 4-4 thriller with Portsmouth.

Owls midfielder Giles Coke says Hope will need to time to settle in but has backed the signing.

He said: “It’s given everyone a lift because it’s always nice when a fresh face comes in.

“He’s a bit quiet but I’m sure he’s definitely going to be a good addition. Give him a little bit of time.

“The more competition we have the better.

“It means players have to up there game so it’s only a good thing if we get players like Hallam in at the club.”