Dave Jones, the Sheffield Wednesday manager, has revealed that young striker Andelko Savic is a “long way” from making his first-team debut.
The 20-year-old, on a season-long loan deal from Sampdoria, was drafted in by Jones in August to bolster his attacking options.
Savic, who began his career at youth level with FC Basel before moving to Sampdoria,scored in last month’s development match with Sheffield United and The Star understands Wednesday have agreed a price to sign the forward on a permanent basis in the summer.
But Jones regards Savic as one for the future.
“He was brought in as a development squad player to see how he adjusted,” insisted Jones. “Savic ,like young, Rafa [Rafael Floro] are young players who have come into this country and it is a change of culture. It is a change of scenery. It is a change of everything. It is a different way of playing and they have to adapt to that.”
Along with Caolan Lavcery, Savic, who made his Serie A debut in January, is currently on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.
“It is tough going for Savic because it is a harder training programme and a harder way of playing here,” said Jones.
“He is working hard and he is doing okay. He’s still a long way from first-team duty. He was not brought in as a first-team player. He was a player we brought in to have a look at and see whether he can play and adapt to this level.”
George Swann, on a month’s youth loan from Manchester City, is still training with Wednesday.
Jones says Lavery is close to forcing his way into the senior set-up.
“There is no one really pushing the first-team as yet probably except Caolan,” he acknowledged. “The rest are learning their trade.”