Gary Megson has dispensed some advice he once gave Kevin Davies in a bid to help Chris O’Grady become the complete striker for Sheffield Wednesday.
Megson is thrilled with the impact of his £350,000 buy from Rochdale regardless of his modest goal tally - just two from 11 starts and a couple of appearances from the bench.
It’s fair to say O’Grady is more concerned than his manager about those stats. “And the rest of the players love him as well because of what he does for the team,” says the Owls boss.
But Megson had a chat with the former Rotherham striker this week, a friendly word designed to boost the figures on which forwards are traditionally judged.
In short, the message is to be a touch less unselfish and more single-minded about getting into scoring positions.
“As I’ve said before, Chris is very similar to a player I had at Bolton called Kevin Davies,” Megson told the Telegraph.
“I remember after one season there the stats telling us that Kevin had made something like 73% of our goals and yet only scored three of them himself.
“I told him at the time; ‘When the ball comes in, just get yourself into the centre of the box.’ Kevin did that and got 13 the following season.
“Chris doesn’t get himself into the same positions as some of our players - like Gary Madine and Ryan Lowe, for instance. That’s the one thing he’s got to get into his game.
“I’ve told him not to drop as deep at times. Chris also does a lot of running in wide positions and I thought he was our best player against Aldershot in the FA Cup last Saturday. Ryan wouldn’t have got the winning goal but for him. Two goals from Chris isn’t bad, even though it’s not a lot. It does concern him because
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