Sheffield Wednesday: Maguire sets sights on Owls striker role

Owls star Chris Maguire
Owls star Chris Maguire

Chris Maguire is convinced Sheffield Wednesday will get the best out of him in the future as a centre-forward.

He scored 10 times for Sheffield Wednesday last season, finishing the club’s leading marksman, despite being deployed, in the main, on the right flank.

Stuart Gray, the Owls head coach, has again chosen to select Maguire out wide throughout the 2014/15 season and the Scot’s form has been patchy. Although the 25-year-old has notched two goals, Maguire has struggled, at times, to impose his game on the opposition.

He insisted: “My natural position is a striker, or a No 10 in the hole. I like to get one the ball as much as possible.

“Sometimes in the wide area it feels that - this season anyway - that I am not in the game as much. I sometimes wander to try and get on the ball. If I get that opportunity to play through the middle, or off the front, I will try and take it with both hands.

“I feel that If I am in the position, there’s more opportunities for me to get the ball at my feet and have a few strikes at goal.

“Wherever I am on the field, I feel confident that if I can get a free strike on goal I can hit the target and score.”

While he has openly spoken of his desire to spearhead the attack, Maguire insists he is happy to play wherever he is required.

He said: “I would love to play in the position which suits me, but if the manager thinks I can do a job in the wide areas to help the team out, then I will do that.

“I dropped into the centre at Brentford and enjoyed it. I got on the ball loads, managed to get a few shots off.

“If i get that opportunity,I will be delighted, and will go out and try and score a few goals.

“But it’s up to the manager what he decides on the day, and whatever decision he makes I will respect that.

“It’s all about confidence. Once you’re confident you think you can take on the world. I am sure the other boys in the team are wanting that couple of goals to kick on. I am no different, I know if I get a couple of goals it will give me a huge boost and I can kick-on.”

Wednesday face Norwich City today and Maguire is urging the players to take the game to the promotion contenders.

“It will be a tough game; Norwich are an ex-Premier League team,” he said. “I think teams who come down from the top flight sometimes expect it to be easy.

“If we can get at them unsettle Norwich, I don’t see why we can’t come away with the points.

“We are wary; they obviously have some good players in their squad. We need to let them know they are in a game and if we do that, I am sure we can come out on top.”