Sheffield Wednesday: Burton boosts Owls again

Damien Martinez in training with the Owls
Damien Martinez in training with the Owls

Terry Burton played an important role in the Owls’ surge to promotion under Dave Jones.

Now a helping hand from the club’s former assistant manager is behind the loan signing of Damien Martinez, the keeper who could make his debut tomorrow.

Burton’s post-promotion exit from Hillsborough to Arsenal was amicable and it is understood that he has retained an interest in Wednesday affairs.

When Jones was looking for a ‘keeper, the link with his former right-hand man proved handy.

The Owls boss explained: “I spoke to Terry (Burton). We were looking for a goalkeeper. They (Arsenal) have three goalkeepers ahead of Damian and were looking to give him first-team experience.

“Terry offered him to us, which I’m grateful for.”

“Of course we’ve got to pay something towards his wages, but I will say that Arsenal have helped us out, and we’re grateful for that.”

Martinez will face Bolton if Chris Kirkland is ruled out by illness.

Joe Mattock is set to step in at left back if Reda Johnson is unfit.

But there could be a tactical change as well: Jones has been playing 4-5-1 away from home, and once again could leave out Atdhe Nuhiu to make way for an extra midfield player, perhaps Jose Semedo, who did a fine defensive job at Brighton.

That would mean Matty Fryatt repeating his role as the one central striker - which he filled at the Amex Stadium, where he scored.

Jones said: “Matty looks as if he’s coming back to his best. He looks sharp in training. In his two games, he scored against Brighton and was unlucky not to score against Ipswich. His ratio at the moment is one in two so I think he’ll be happy with that.”

The manager confirmed that he borrowed Fryatt rather than Leroy Lita: “Leroy was on the radar. It was going to be Leroy or Matty, and we felt Matty had played games and was at a better level of fitness to suit us in the short term.”

Fryatt had played two game for Hull this season; Lita has been out in the cold at Swansea and has gone on loan to Brighton.

Bolton, though still receiving parachute payments, are having to make economies and looking to shed staff.

They are likely to have big-name, costly players such as David Ngog, Chris Eagles and Zat Knight only on their bench as they seek a second win of the season.

Jones outlined Wednesday preparations: “We’ve been working on shape, forward play, defensive play, how we can move the ball about quicker, set plays. We work on everything.

“We need to be a bit more clinical in front of goal so we’ve worked on crossing and finishing. We need to be a bit tighter at the back to stop goals going in. We need to get people who are quality players on the ball to enable us to do it going forward.

“We want it (a first win of the season). We’ve been close to it on numerous occasions. We’ve just got to get ourselves over the line,

“We go to a stadium where it’s a good pitch; we go there with confidence and we have to put all that into practice and make sure we come out of it at the other end.

“We’ve been so close to it seven or eight times. It’s ridiculous. That’s the frustrating thing for everybody.”