Sheffield Wednesday: Owls boss must leave loan star on the sidelines

Dave Jones has decisions to make.
Dave Jones has decisions to make.
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DAVE Jones must decide which one of his loan signing to leave out of his Sheffield Wednesday squad for the South Yorkshire derby against Barnsley at Hillsborough today.

The Sheffield Wednesday manager is allowed to select only five loan players in his 18 man squad but now has six on the books after signing Seyi Olofinjana, Stuart Holden and Steve Howard before the emergency loan deadline at 5pm on Thursday.

He already had Leroy Lita, and Danny Pugh on loan deals from earlier this year and Jeremy Helan was brought in on a youth loan from Manchester City in November 2012.

It’ll be a difficult decision for Jones who has been impressed with the contribution of Lita, Pugh and Helan during their time at the club, but will be wanting to make the most of Olofinjana, Holden and Howard while they’re available at S6.

Almost certain to figure is Bolton Wanderers midfielder Stuart Holden.

The American international has suffered with injuries during the last couple of seasons but has been loaned to Wednesday on the understanding that he plays games.

Jones’ opposite number at the Reebok Stadium, Dougie Freedman, has already offered the 27-year-old a new contract and thinks he will benefit from his time at Wednesday.

He said: “Stuart is very fit. He has been playing behind the scenes in the reserve games and with the odd first team match.

“The next test in Stuart’s head, as we have discussed, is a run of games.

“He will never be mentally strong enough if he doesn’t go through it.

“Can he handle it? We will never know until he does it.

“Sheffield Wednesday are not challenging where we want to challenge. That’s the first thing. I think it’s right that he gets Championship football. He’s at very least at that level.”

Jones said Holden has already impressed him: “Stuart looked sharp and bright in training.

“He’s only played a bit part in their season. You don’t tend to get players who are playing in the first team.”

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