Sheffield Wednesday: Owls open to Lavery loan

Caolan Lavery, left, is making good progress
Caolan Lavery, left, is making good progress

Wednesday see a loan spell for Caolan Lavery as the next step in developing the young striker’s career.

He has been in scoring form for the Under 21s and was watched by scouts from several clubs in the 3-3 draw with Crewe at Hillsborough on Tuesday.

The 21-year-old has also been a sub for the first team this season but Dave Jones feels that he is not quite ready for Championship football yet and would benefit from league experience in a lower division.

The loan signings of Matty Fryatt and Connor Wickham have increased the chances of Lavery moving.

Jones, who let Manny Dieseruvwe, 18, join League Two leaders Fleetwood for a month, confirmed: “Caolan is the next one we’re looking to get out on loan.”

Development coach Lee Bullen is pleased with Lavery’s progress: the youngster scored two in the Under 21s’ recent 3-3 draw with Leeds, and could have had a hat-trick against Crewe.

Bullen told The Star: “Caolan has just kept going: he scored regularly for the Under 21s last season as well; now he’s played consistently at this level, he’s at a stage where he needs to be tested at the next level.

“He went to Southend on loan last season and picked up a hamstring injury after a couples of games, which was unfortunate but he enjoyed the experience.

“Now we think we’d like to get him out on loan, as we did with Manny Dieseruvwe.

“That means my team is being weakened but also that I’m doing my job right. They get that first-team experience, come back and maybe start pushing some of the lads in our first team.

“Caolan’s progress is first and foremost down to his own work ethic: in League One or League Two he’d be a pain in the backside for defenders; he never gives anybody a minute.

“He’s quick and sometimes he turns bad passes into good ones because he works so hard to close defenders down.

“He’s made a lot of his goals for himself because of that work ethic.”

Bullen believes that Lavery can make an impact out on loan: “He deserves the opportunity.

“He’s the type of player who whether he starts or comes on from the bench can make a difference.”

If all goes well, the Owls hope that they have someone who can in future force his way into their first team.

The club are well covered for strikers just now; Jermaine Johnson and Atdhe Nuhiu were on the bench against Reading, and Jones could not even find a place for Jacques Maghoma.

But Maghoma was lively against Crewe besides scoring and hitting the post.

Martin Taylor’s loan spell at Brentford paid off for him.

A slight thigh injury restricted his total number of appearances during his two months with the Bees but he still played six games and had the bonus of scoring two goals.

Dave Jones said: “Martin is fit and back with us. It was a good for him to get some games under his belt.”

The Bees issued a statement saying: “All at Brentford FC would like to thank Martin for his contribution and wish him all the best for the future.”