Sheffield Wednesday: Jones ponders Maguire call-up

Chris Maguire in action against Burnley last Saturday
Chris Maguire in action against Burnley last Saturday

Chris Maguire is challenging strongly for only his second League start since he joined the Owls more than a year ago.

The £200,000 striker from Derby County has impressed Dave Jones with his performances as a sub in the last two games.

The manager, looking for a sharper cutting edge, is seriously considering a place for Maguire, pictured left, in the side at Leeds tomorrow.

He can play up front or wide on the right and made a difference after being sent on as a striker for the second half of last Saturday’s defeat by Burnley.

Jones, as ever, gives little indication of his plans and likes to keep the opposition guessing.

“Chris has worked really hard. He had to,” the Owls boss told The Star. “He got his opportunity, I think he came on and did well.

“He has to maintain that momentum; he is as close as everybody else (to a starting role).”

Maguire has seemed to be mostly far away from the manager’s plans. His only League start so far has been in the 1-0 defeat at Peterborough in April.

But that plus a run of outings from the bench last season encouraged him to believe that he could strengthen his claim, and last month he scored a cracking equaliser at Chesterfield.

His prospects may rise if Jeremy Helan plays left back; Maguire, Michail Antonio and Jacques Maghoma would then look contenders for two wing spots and one up front.