Sheffield Wednesday: Young Owls must make progress

Owls Ayo Obileye stops Blades Elliott Whitehouse in an under 21 match last season
Owls Ayo Obileye stops Blades Elliott Whitehouse in an under 21 match last season
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Sheffield Wednesday Development Squad Head Coach Lee Bullen says he expects three of his players to be making big strides in their careers this summer.

With just a month to go until the Owls squad returns from its off-season break, Bullen told The Star that striker Caolan Lavery and midfielders Ayo Obileye and Adam Hinchliffe have the ability to be contending for a place regularly in Dave Jones’ first team squad.

“It’s welcome to the real world for them now,” Bullen said.

“There’s no hiding place as professional footballers, it’s up to them to work hard and to show what they can do.

“We have some good lads coming through and I think other clubs are waking up to the fact that we play a lot of our under 18s at the under 21 level as well.

“Caolan, Ayo and Adam have a big summer ahead of them.”

Lavery, aged 20, had a loan spell with League Two Southend United last season.

Obileye made his Owls debut in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy match against Bradford City in 2011 as a 16-year-old at centre-back but has impressed Bullen in the centre of midfield. Hinchliffe was signed after a spell at Sheffield United.

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