Sheffield Wednesday: New signing will spur Owls

Roger Johnson is being signed on a three-month loan
Roger Johnson is being signed on a three-month loan

Roger Johnson’s arrival at Hillsborough is set to spur the Owls whether he is in or out of the side to face Yeovil tomorrow.

The Wolves centre half is in fact unlikely to be plunged straight into his debut when he has not played a game since the end of last season.

But his signing on a three-month loan will give the squad a fillip after injury problems and act as an incentive to tomorrow’s likely centre-back partnership of Kamil Zayatte and Miguel Llera.

Neither will want to be the one to make way for Johnson, whose move is set to be completed today.

Dave Jones is signing the 30-year-old to strengthen the team and not just provide cover. If he does not play tomorrow then he could make his debut at his former club Birmingham the following week.

Jones sold him to Blues - who were then in the Premier League - for £5m in 2009 after buying him from Wycombe for £275,000 three years earlier.

Wolves paid £4m for him two years ago and he has made 72 appearance for them but was told by new manager Kenny Jackett at the start of this year’s pre-season training that he was not in the club’s plans. He did not play in any friendlies and has been training away from the first team.

Jones tried to borrow the defender last year after the Owls’ promotion to the Championship but was unable to prise him out of Molineux.

The Owls manager never comments on incoming players until their transfers are signed and sealed.

But he revealed that Lewis Buxton is fit for tomorrow, and will urge his team to guard against complacency.

“I don’t go along with any idea that it’s Yeovil so we just go out there and beat them, They were in the same division as us two seasons ago. We’ll go into it with the right attitude. We know what we have to do.

“We’re at home, and we’re after a win that could shoot us up the table.

“There are only five games gone. We haven’t lost the last three: let’s make that four and get the three points.”