Sheffield Wednesday: Jones signs big three for derby battle

Stuart Holden
Stuart Holden

DAVE Jones is thinking big for Sheffield Wednesday if his three emergency loan signings are anything to go by.

Big in terms of stature in the case of Hull City’s Seyi Olofinjana and Hartlepool’s Steve Howard, and a big-game player in Bolton’s Stuart Holden.

The Owls boss added to the capture of Olofinjana on Wednesday by securing the services of midfielder Holden until April 24 and striker Howard until the end of the season.

All three are likely to feature at some point tomorrow in the South Yorkshire derby against Barnsley at Hillsborough.

Olofinjana at six foot two inches and Howard at six foot three will certainly add presence to the Owls threat at set-pieces.

And Holden looked an accomplished Premier League player until a succession of injuries over the last 18 months.

Jones said: “I brought Seyi in from Norway. Then he went on to Stoke and Hull. The lad knows this division and has played at this level as well as the Premiership. He’s a big asset to us.

“And also the likes of Stuart Holden, a full international players who was taking the Premiership by storm until he got his injury is a big bonus.

“He’s (Holden) been playing for the reserves and he’s been on the bench for the first team but the boy just wants and needs games. We’re able to give him that. He’s chomping at the bit to get going again.

“He’s quality on the ball, he sees a pass and he has a goal in him. It’s everything you want really.

“If he hadn’t have had the injury then we’d have not got him.”

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