Hillsborough gets ready for battle of the goal-seekers

Michail Antonio's red-soled right boot, left, hooks home the Owls' goal at Middlesbrough
Michail Antonio's red-soled right boot, left, hooks home the Owls' goal at Middlesbrough

Sheffield Wednesday’s attempt to bring in a striker reflects a need also felt by next Saturday’s opponents, Yeovil.

The newly-promoted Glovers want more goals - in fact they have the worst record in the Championship with only one scored in five games.

The Owls have hit six in the league but that has not been enough to give them more points than Hillsborough’s next visitors: the teams each have three and are both in the bottom four.

Wednesday seek someone who can finish off the many opportunities they have been making - hence their continuing interest in players such as Leroy Lita and Billy Sharp as the loan market gets set to open next week.

Yeovil boss Gary Johnson is confident that his current squad can score league goals and believes that an exit from the Capital One Cup on penalties after a 3-3 draw with Birmingham followed by a 1-0 defeat by Reading last Saturday have been an inaccurate reflection of his team’s performances.

Unlike the Owls, Yeovil have notched their first win of the season - 1-0 at Millwall in the club’s first-ever Championship match.

Wednesday manager Dave Jones is looking for last season’s top scorer, Michail Antonio, to maintain the sort of form he showed for much of last Saturday’s draw at Middlesbrough.

Antonio not only lashed home his first goal of the campaign but also gave arguably gave his best performance so far, marred only by the missing of a late chance that could have provided a winner.

Yeovil boss Johnson said that a team need need shots, assists and crosses and somebody to get on the end of them: “We have strikers who are comfortable when the right balls come in, and three who can score goals. It’s a matter of believing and keeping going.

“Goalscorers need the team to play well, as well; they need clever players to produce opportunities; you can’t always make opportunities yourself.”

Meanwhile, the Football League’s latest report on payments to agents shows that 13 Championship clubs paid more to agents last season than Wednesday, whose total was £487,800, on 67 transactions comprising new registrations, updated contracts, cancelled contracts and loans.