Owls: Sign Him Up

Tranmere Rovers v Sheffield Wednesday.......Owls Ben Marshall gets away from Rovers Lucas Akins
Tranmere Rovers v Sheffield Wednesday.......Owls Ben Marshall gets away from Rovers Lucas Akins

WEDNESDAY supporters are calling on the club to sign loan winger Ben Marshall in the January transfer window.

Fans chanted “sign him up, sign him up” during Saturday’s 2-1 win at Tranmere.

The 20-year-old from Stoke City had a hand in both goals and added to previous sparkling performances with an eye-catching show in the second half.

Marshall has thrilled Owls fans at home and away since his arrival in August, and his second-half display at Prenton Park was described by Gary Megson as “terrific.” But he is due to return to Stoke in January.

Like the supporters, Megson hopes that the club will be able to keep him even if that means negotiating a full transfer.

Megson also hopes that the current loans of Danny Batth and Stephen Bywater will not be their only association with the club: “The way that players have been playing has been there for everybody to see,” said the manager.

“Now we’ve got to move heaven and earth to try to get these players in,” added Megson, who also hopes to complete a loan deal for another, undisclosed player before Thursday’s deadline.

“We’re trying to hang on to the coat tails of the two big spenders in our division, Charlton and Huddersfield,” he said.

“We’ve got Ben Marshall, Stephen Bywater and Danny Batth on loan, and a lot of free transfers in there.

“We had a go in the summer, to a certain extent, but January will be an absolutely critical window, and we have to do as much as we possibly can to keep the club moving forward.”

The Owls will be without captain Rob Jones for Saturday’s home game against Leyton Orient: he is suspended for one game after collecting his fifth booking of the season.

Lewis Buxton is almost certainly sidelined: he pulled his hamstring in training and missed Saturday’s game.

Gary Madine is another doubt: he stayed off at half time with a toe injury. Both men will have have scans today.

Megson said: “The squad isn’t strong enough. We knew we were going to have to chop and change and borrow players, because that’s the club we are at the moment.”

However he was pleased with Liam Palmer as Buxton’s deputy at right back: “He was a bit nervy to start with, but he was up against a quality performer in Andy Robinson, who’s been about a bit. In the second half Liam did better; he also hit a tremendous strike and with his quality he’s better going forward than defending, but I thought he did fine.”