Sheffield Wednesday: Helan backs Owls to stay up

Jeremy Helan says he has learned a lot while with the Owls
Jeremy Helan says he has learned a lot while with the Owls

SHEFFIELD Wednesday should be playing in the top flight and will not go down to League One.

That is the view of their on-loan Manchester City winger Jeremy Helan.

The 20-year-old Frenchman is loving his Hillsborough stay and was keen to return last month for a second loan spell.

“This is a big club; you can see the stadium, the training ground and the players; I really think the Championship is not the league for this club,” he said.

“I can’t see the club going down to League One, with the players, manager, staff and everyone who is here.

“We have to fight, obviously, but I am optimistic.

“There is something about the club. I really believe we can achieve something.”

Helan is keeping an open mind about what will happen when his loan expires at the end of the season but says he is benefiting from being with the Owls.

“I have learned a lot. This a good place to be. I think I am also learning because of the position we are in - it’s pretty tough; the Championship is tough.

“You can’t really expect to switch off. It’s good for me, as a young player. It’s never going to be easy in your career; sometimes you have to fight, I like the experience I am getting here; it’s very good.”

Although Wednesday face five successive matches against teams in the top eight, he feels that this can help to bring out out the best in them:

“Right now we are very striong; if we can stay strong in this period, we have a very good chance of being more relaxed in the future.

“Sometimes when we have played big teams we have played better than when we have played teams who are close to us.

“It can give you extra motivation when you play against the big teams. We have good players.”

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