SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Sid savours Owls debut

Stoke City's Mamady Sidibe, right, celebrates scoring with Leon Cort, centre, during the Coca-Cola Championship match at the Britannia Stadium, Stoke. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 12, 2008. Photo credit should read: Dave Thompson/PA Wire.''RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial print use only except with prior written approval. New media use requires licence from Football DataCo Ltd. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 or see www.paphotos.com/info/ for full restrictions and further information.
Stoke City's Mamady Sidibe, right, celebrates scoring with Leon Cort, centre, during the Coca-Cola Championship match at the Britannia Stadium, Stoke. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 12, 2008. Photo credit should read: Dave Thompson/PA Wire.''RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial print use only except with prior written approval. New media use requires licence from Football DataCo Ltd. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 or see www.paphotos.com/info/ for full restrictions and further information.

SHEFFIELD Wednesday new boys Mamady Sidibe and Jeremy Helan both look set to make debuts against promotion-chasing Leicester at Hillsborough today.

Manager Dave Jones admits that he wants both loan players to add “something different” as the Owls bid to improve their firepower and end a run of three defeats.

Sidibe says he is fit and ready for the challenge in what would be his first senior game in two years after injury problems.

“I played in a reserve game (for Stoke) on Sunday for 85 minutes and felt good,” he said. “A league game is different but I am confident and hopefully I will have a good game.”

The striker is delighted to have joined the Owls: “For me, it is a good opportunity to play again, especially for Sheffield Wednesday. I am happy. I have worked hard to come back. Now I am fit. I still have a lot to give, and hopefully that will be the case for a long time,

“I know the siuation of the club. I would like games - that is important to me. Also I come here to show everyone I can play again and to prove myself.

“It is a good challenge for me, and for Sheffield Wednesday. The Championship is not an easy league. The season is long. Hopefully in this month I am here, we will get some good results.”

Jones says: “Mama brings experience and know-how. He’s a good player, highly thought of at Stoke, and it took a lot of persuasion to get him. I’m grateful to Stoke for allowing that. If he helps us to kick start a goal rush, we’ll be really happy.

“It’s shaking the pack up and giving us something different. Jeremy Helan is a good, attack-minded left-back, who gives us something we’ve probably missed since Reda Johnson was injured.”

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