Sheffield Wednesday: Owls boss backs Maghoma to shine at Hillsborough

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Sheffield Wednesday boss Dave Jones has backed new signing Jacques Maghoma to shine after signing a two-year deal at Hillsborough.

Former Burton Albion winger Maghoma formally joined the Owls on July 1 when his contract at the Pirelli Stadium expired.

A number of clubs were chasing the signature of the winger, who scored 18 goals for the Brewers last season as they reached the League Two Play-Off positions, and Jones said: “Jacques is a really enthusiastic person, and a really enthusiastic player.

“You can tell that he just wants to get going now he’s arrived at the club.

“The deal has been done, and we’ve given him the stage to do the business. That’s all we can do; the rest is up to him now, and any other player that we bring in.”

The 25-year-old was born in Lubumbashi, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but holds dual Congolese/British nationality.

He joined Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur ten years ago, becoming a regular at youth team and reserve team level.

“Technically, Jacques is a very good player,” Jones added.

“He scored 18 goals last year and made 20 assists which tells you that he’s had an impact on many games.

“If he can deliver that again this season, then we will be more than happy.”

After leaving White Hart Lane, Maghoma attempted to re-establish his reputation at Burton, and quickly became known as one of the hottest young properties in the English lower leagues.

He was named in the League Two Team of the Season last term, and Jones added: “Going to Burton was a big step down for Jacques, because he came from an established Premier League club in Tottenham Hotspur.

“But sometimes in football, players have to go backwards to come forwards again, and he is obviously one of those players.

“He knows that this move to Sheffield Wednesday is a big step for him now, and it is another opportunity for him.

“He will not want to throw that away - and that shows you that the player is hungry, which is exactly what we want here.”

Much of Jones’ business so far this summer has focused on agreeing new deals with those members of his squad whose contracts have expired.

But after sealing the immediate futures of Giles Coke, Lewis Buxton, David Prutton and Miguel Llera, Jones has set his sights on four or five new additions.

“We are doing a lot of talking,” the Owls chief said.

“But players are keeping their options open. We want to improve all areas.”

Jamaican winger Jermaine Johnson is back in Sheffield, and has also been offered a new contract.

He is widely expected to put pen to paper in the coming days, ahead of Wednesday’s pre-season campaign.