Laws hails impact of ‘massive’ JJ

Let's hope he turns up
Let's hope he turns up

Sheffield Wednesday manager Gary Megson will hope his search for midfielders - left, right and centre - sparks a sustained response from within his current squad.

And no-one has stepped up to the plate with more hunger or relish than the ever-enigmatic Jermaine Johnson.

Can JJ keep up the sensational impact of his two comeback appearances featuring brilliant goals in the 2-2 draw with Hartlepool and then Tuesday’s 3-1 win at Scunthorpe?

It’s a question no-one can answer, not even Brian Laws, the boss who brought JJ to Hillsborough and who witnessed the best side of the Jamaican winger during a commentary stint for BBC Radio Sheffield at Glanford Park.

But Laws is sure of one thing. “In the final part of the season, JJ could be the one who takes you to automatic promotion,” the former Owls and Burnley manager told the Telegraph.

“I think Wednesday definitely have the squad to finish in the top two. JJ can maybe be the difference between winning the title and being promoted.

“It’s in the big games that he comes up trumps more than ever.”

None bigger than next month’s Hillsborough derby and it was in that hothouse environment, of course, that Johnson helped the team managed by Laws record the Owls’ first steel city double for 95 years in 2009.

But the big “if” hangs large. “There are quite a few managers both behind me and in front of me who have tried to change JJ into the perfect player,” said Laws.

“He can be a massive threat who can win games on his own, as I’m sure Gary

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