Sheffield Wednesday: Aston Villa have a £25m sub but Owls boss Jos Luhukay is okay with it

Yannick Bolasie
Yannick Bolasie

Sheffield Wednesday face the team with the £25 million substitute tomorrow but manager Jos Luhukay feels no envy towards opponents Aston Villa.

Villa are so well stocked with talent they have yet to give a start to loan winger Jannick Bolasie, for whom parent club Everton shelled out big bucks to Crystal Palace in 2016.

However, Luhukay said: "It is how it is. We are not jealous. We must not be afraid."

The boss wants a reaction to last Wednesday's poor display in a 2-1 defeat at Nottingham Forest and believes the Championship Owls have the players to cause Steve Bruce's side problems.

"It is important we have good organisation and that we play good football," he said. "We must have trust to come to good combinations, to come hopefully to chances and scoring goals.

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"It will not be easy to stop the quality of Aston Villa. They have so many good players offensively. But we also have players who can make the difference. We have Atdhe Nuhiu, Steven Fletcher, Lucas Joao, Adam Reach."

Bolassie came off the bench on Tuesday to score Villa’s second goal in a 2-0 win over Rotherham United.

Wednesday head to Villa Park having slipped to 13th spot after their first loss in five matches, at the City Ground. 

Villa, who reached the play-off final last season, are in seventh spot and Luhukay expects them to be challenging again this term.

"The reality is, Villa are near the top six teams in the league," he said. "It will not be long before they are in the top six and that they stay there. It was the same situation last year. This team has so much quality and at the end will stay in the first six, in my opinion."

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