ISAIAH Osbourne’s full debut for the Owls at Tranmere tonight marks the start of a chance for the midfield player to get his career up and running, says Gary Megson.
The manager also hopes that strength and quality from the 23-year-old from Aston Villa can help to salvage Wednesday’s season.
Osbourne, on loan for the rest of the campaign, made a promising start as a second-half sub in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Rochdale.
Megson told The Star yesterday: “I know Isaiah from my time at West Brom, when he was always being talked about as someone who had potential, someone who was going to be a good player. He’s got the opportunity now to fulfil that potential.
“He’s getting too old to be regarded as a young player with potential; he’s got to kick on and deliver.
“He looked good when he came on, on Saturday. He’s set himself a standard.”
Osbourne, 6ft 2in tall, has had league experience at Villa and on loan at Forest and Middlesbrough but will be making his first start of the campaign.
Apart from his outing on Saturday, his only other appearance this season has been as a sub for Villa against Rapid Vienna in the Europa League in August.
But Megson is not worrying about his shortage of match practice: “We’re not in the luxurious position where we can give people half an hour here or an hour there; we’re getting beaten.
“We’ll put him out there and hopefully he can add a bit of energy in competing for the ball, and add a bit of quality. But every single player at this club has got to step up.
“Our starting point has to be workrate and commitment. We have to battle and scrap and run as much as the opposition do.”